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Posted by kelly on Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 10:27pm.

Hunting a black hole. Observations of the light from a certain star indicate that it is part of a binary (two-star) system. This visible star has orbital speed v = 270 km/s, orbital period T = 1.6 days, and approximate mass m1 = 6.0Ms, where Ms is the Sun's mass, 1.99 x 1030 kg. Assume that the visible star and its companion star, which is dark and unseen, are both in circular orbits. Find the ratio of the approximate mass m2 of the dark star to Ms.
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