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Why does the orbital period of a binary star depend on its mass?

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Why does the orbital period of a binary star depend on its mass?

Explanation

The binary star system is a system in which two stars rotate about a system center of mass due to the force of gravitation between two stars.

The force of gravitation is given as

  F=Gm1m2r2

Now if one star is massive than its

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