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Is Cir X-1 a runaway binary?

Abstract

RUNAWAY stars are produced when there is a supernova explosion in a close binary system. Usually such an explosion disrupts the binary system, but Gott1 has suggested that in a significant fraction of such supernovae the collapsed residue of the explosion may be retained in orbit around the runaway second star, the resultant system being a binary with high eccentricity and large space velocity. We suggest here that Cir X-1 is such a system.

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