A binary star system in which one star of the pair is an optically invisible X-ray source.
X-ray binaries are a class of binary stars that are luminous in X-rays. The X-rays are produced by matter falling from one component, called the donor to the other component, called the accretor, which is compact: a white dwarf, neutron star, or black hole. The infalling matter releases gravitational potential energy, up to several tenths of its rest mass, as X-rays. An estimated 1041 positrons escape per second from a typical hard low-mass X-ray binary.
The numerical value of X-ray binary in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of X-ray binary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Images & Illustrations of X-ray binary
Find a translation for the X-ray binary definition in other languages:
Select another language:
Discuss these X-ray binary definitions with the community:
Word of the Day
Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?
Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:
"X-ray binary." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2017. Web. 30 Apr. 2017. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/X-ray binary>.