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Triple Star

Triple Star — A triple star system consists of three gravitationally bound stars.

The stars are in orbits around a common center of mass, usually so that two of the stars form a close binary star and the third is further away.

This configuration is often called a hierarchical triple star.

Multiple stars containing more than three stars can usually be decomposed to binaries and single stars that are in a hierachically bound system.

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Triple Star