Here I began exploring appearances of binary stars when standing on a planet. The planet orbits both stars.
I've established through the help of this community that there are times that the two stars align and appear as one star. I've further established that solar radiation (solar storms) hitting the planet can fluctuate depending on the orientation and geometries. I have solar storms and dangerous radiation happening when the suns are aligned with the planet.
^ Background. ^
Question: All else being equal, I intuit that the two stars at their maximum distance from one another (as seen from the planet) will heat the planet to a greater extent than the two stars in alignment with the planet. (I intuit that during alignment there is one heat source not two). But I am not certain and given the above background, it could actually be the opposite. Thank you for any clarity you can provide.