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Algol, The Demon Star

Synopsis
Algol, or Beta Persei, is a representative eclipsing binary system. The film presents the properties of Algol and the methods used by astronomers to infer the physical characteristics of this star system. At a speeded-up time rate the blinking of Algol is shown and then the light curve. The orbit is rotated so that it is seen face-on and Algol is discussed as an example of a spectroscope binary. Computer animation for the series was created using an IBM 369/75 digital computer and a Calcomp 890 Microfilm Recorder
Series
Explorations in Space and Time, Series
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film; Film. 16mm. sd. col. 8 min.
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of production
1973
Availability
Hire
Subjects
Astronomy
Keywords
computer animation; stars

Credits

Writer
M L Meeks

Distribution Formats

Type
Film
Format
16mm

Production Company

Name

USA

Distributor

Name

Higher Education Film & Video Library

Email
services@bufvc.ac.uk
Web
http://bufvc.ac. External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7393 1503
Fax
020 7393 1555
Address
c/o British Universities Film & Video Council
77 Wells Street
London
W1T 3QJ
Notes
Catalogue available from British Universities Film & Video Council.

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