• Shuffle
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off
  • Alphabetize
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off
  • Front First
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off
  • Both Sides
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off
  • Read
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off

How to study your flashcards.

Right/Left arrow keys: Navigate between flashcards.right arrow keyleft arrow key

Up/Down arrow keys: Flip the card between the front and back.down keyup key

H key: Show hint (3rd side).h key

A key: Read text to speech.a key


Play button


Play button




Click to flip

26 Cards in this Set

  • Front
  • Back
Magnitudes (brightness)
the lower the mag. the brighter. The difference of 5 magnitudes is 100x. so from 10 mag to 15 mag. it would be 100x
Which one is the brightest? and which one is the dimmest?

(-1.6, 3.5, 3.9, 6.9)
-1.6 is the brightest. and 6.9 is the dimmest
Apparent Magnitude (m)
Is the brightness of a star in Earth's sky measured with a photometer.
Absolute Magnitude (M)
Is the brightness of a star if the star was 10 parsecs (32.6LY)
What is the closet star from the sun?
the Alpha Centauri (approx 4 light years)
What is stellar parallax?
it determines the distance of the closest stars less than 20 pc
what does stellar parallax use?
it uses the orbit of the Earth (2 AU) as a "baseline"
When can the distance be determined?
When Using the half-angle (p in arc seconds) and Trigonometry
1 Parsec = ?
1 parsec = 3.26 Light Years
Light year =
186,000 mi/sec x 60sec/min x 60min/hr x 24hrs/day x 365.25day/yr
What is also a light year?
Is an astronomical Distance (not time) Approx 6 trillion Miles
What does the Spectroscopic parallax determine?
it determines the distance of Farther stars using apparent magnitude, and the absolute mag. using a spectrometer and a H-R diagram. And the distance modulus (D=m-M)
Spectral Classes
On an H-r diagram....

What is the hottest
O; Bottom left
On a H-r diagram....

What is the coolest?
M; Bottom right
On an H-r diagram....

What is the brightest?
the very top
On an H-r Diagram....

What is the dimmest?
The very Bottom
characteristics of a White dwarf is...
Hotter and Dimmer
Characteristics of a Red Giant.
Brighter and cooler
Luminosity classes:
I: Superior Giants

II: Extreme Giants

III: Giants

IV: Sub Giants

V: Main Sequence.
russel-Vogt Theorem:
Properties of a star depends on MASS and chemical composition.
Our sun is a main sequence Star...
Our SUN is a Main Sequence Star, lasts there for 10 Billion years and uses up 0.7 of its mass into energy
Proto Star =
Process of the death of a Star...
Red Giant - helium Flash- Planetary Nebula- White Dwarf
What allows determination of MASS
Which is not a star cluster type?

Open, O.B Clusters, Closed Clusters, Globular Clusters, Galactic Clusters?
NO Closed Clusters