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I am looking for binary systems data that can be used in the context of Kepler's laws. Masses, distances, periods, etc.

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see if this binary star database helps: – DavePhD Mar 18 '14 at 17:05
Would Astronomy be a better home for this question? – Qmechanic Mar 18 '14 at 20:02
@Qmechanic Is anything to do with the sky off-topic here? I can understand that observational astronomy is perhaps best asked there, but this is squarely an astrophysics question. – Emilio Pisanty Mar 19 '14 at 17:01
@Qmechanic I added this question to Astronomy and got 3 down-votes! – Maesumi Mar 19 '14 at 17:22
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Try to read this paper

Accurate masses and radii of normal stars: modern results and applications. G. Torres, J. Andersen and A. Gimenez. Astron. Astrophys. Rev. 18 no. 1-2, pp. 67-126 (2010), arXiv:0908.2624.

You can find links to systems with orbits and accurate fundamental parameters there. Some of them calculated on the base of third Kepler's law.

See also:

Fourth Catalog of Interferometric Measurements of Binary Stars, US Naval Observatory, 2012,


The Washington Double Star Catalog, US Naval Observatory, 2012.

where you can request data for orbit plotting.

Maybe my question How to plot orbit of binary star and calculate its orbital elements? at Astronomy.SE will help you too.

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Hi Astronomer, and welcome to the site! I took the liberty of editing the formatting of your references; I hope you don't mind. – Emilio Pisanty Mar 19 '14 at 17:08
Thanks @EmilioPisanty ! – Astronomer Mar 19 '14 at 17:27

You could also try the VizieR online catalog of astronomical databases

Put "binary stars" in the search box and you will find many databases, many of which will include the sort of orbital parameters you are looking for.

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