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Eclipsing systems, in which a darker companion periodically moves in front of a brighter one, are far from rare.
The models for Epsilon Aurigae proposed by different observers differ in detail, but all tend to agree on the sliding brick model: The eclipsing body is more than a secondary star; it must somehow include at least one oblong cloud of obscuring matter.
National Observatory and with the Infrared Astronomy Satellite (IRAS), considers the eclipsing object to be a dark cloud with a binary star embedded in it.