Definition of Absolute magnitude

1. Noun. (astronomy) the magnitude that a star would have if it were viewed from a distance of 10 parsecs (32.62 light years) from the earth.

Generic synonyms: Magnitude
Category relationships: Astronomy, Uranology

Definition of Absolute magnitude

1. Noun. (context: astronomy) The intrinsic luminosity,x that a celestial body would have if viewed from a distance of 10 parsecs. ¹

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Literary usage of Absolute magnitude

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1. An Almanack for the Year of Our Lord by Joseph Whitaker (1869)
"As a convenient convention, astronomers adopt as the " absolute magnitude " of a star (or other object) that apparent magnitude which the star would have if ..."

2. General Astronomy by Harold Spencer Jones (1922)
"Although the latter is not the method generally adopted for measuring absolute magnitude, it is of interest from the following fact: the apparent magnitude ..."

3. Capital: A Critique of Political Economy by Karl Marx (1906)
"Therefore, with diminishing productiveness of labour^ and a simultaneous lengthening of the working-day, the absolute magnitude of surplus-value may ..."

4. Year Book by Carnegie Institution of Washington (1920)
"Three general conclusions may be drawn from this comparison: (1) The spectroscopic criteria of absolute magnitude are valid for the stars of highest ..."

5. The International Year Book edited by Frank Moore Colby (1903)
"Kapteyn therefore defines the absolute magnitude of a star as the magnitude it would appear to have if placed at such a distance from us that its parallax ..."

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