White Dwarf WD 1202-024

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The white dwarf WD 1202-024 (the smaller blue sphere in the animation) is orbited by a much larger brown dwarf (the larger orange sphere) every 71 minutes. As the brown dwarf orbits we see it go through phases much like the Moon, and the light from the system goes up and down. When it passes directly in front of the white dwarf it blocks the light, and the brightness plunges drastically.

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