multiple starmultiple star
Astron. three or more stars forming one gravitational system that appear to be a single star or a binary star
A system of three or more stars bound together by gravity and orbiting a common center of mass, appearing as a single star when visible to the unaided eye.
(plural multiple stars)
- (astronomy) Multiple stars which form a stellar system, such that they orbit the point of equilibrium of their gravitational fields; a multiple star system.
- (astronomy) Multiple stars that appear to be one when seen with the naked eye, either because they orbit one another (multiple star systems) or happen to be in the same line of sight even though they are separated by a great distance.