New User Special Price Expires in

Let's log you in.

Sign in with Facebook


Don't have a StudySoup account? Create one here!


Create a StudySoup account

Be part of our community, it's free to join!

Sign up with Facebook


Create your account
By creating an account you agree to StudySoup's terms and conditions and privacy policy

Already have a StudySoup account? Login here

Chapter 10:Characterizing the Stars

by: Ashley Notetaker

Chapter 10:Characterizing the Stars 41087 - AST 115 - A

Marketplace > Missouri State University > Physics 2 > 41087 - AST 115 - A > Chapter 10 Characterizing the Stars
Ashley Notetaker
Basic Astronomy
Robert S Patterson

Almost Ready


These notes were just uploaded, and will be ready to view shortly.

Purchase these notes here, or revisit this page.

Either way, we'll remind you when they're ready :)

Preview These Notes for FREE

Get a free preview of these Notes, just enter your email below.

Unlock Preview
Unlock Preview

Preview these materials now for free

Why put in your email? Get access to more of this material and other relevant free materials for your school

View Preview

About this Document

This chapter is all about the stars. There is a ton of information in this chapter, so don't get behind. Here are all the notes about the stars!
Basic Astronomy
Robert S Patterson
75 ?




Popular in Basic Astronomy

Popular in Physics 2

This 3 page Bundle was uploaded by Ashley Notetaker on Sunday November 1, 2015. The Bundle belongs to 41087 - AST 115 - A at Missouri State University taught by Robert S Patterson in Fall 2015. Since its upload, it has received 24 views. For similar materials see Basic Astronomy in Physics 2 at Missouri State University.

Similar to 41087 - AST 115 - A at MSU


Reviews for Chapter 10:Characterizing the Stars


Report this Material


What is Karma?


Karma is the currency of StudySoup.

You can buy or earn more Karma at anytime and redeem it for class notes, study guides, flashcards, and more!

Date Created: 11/01/15
Chapter 10 Characterizing Stars Measuring Distance to Stars Surveying Basic method of measuring stars based on phenomenon of parallax Stellar parallax The apparent shift in position of a nearby star as we change our advantage point while the Earth orbits the Sun d 1 Stellar parallax angle or d 1p Stellar parallax angle must b in arc seconds d must be in parasec 1 parasec 326 ly Max distance using stallar parallax From Earth d min about 01 parasec d Max about 100 parasec Brightness of the Star Magnitudes Brightest stars seen from Earth runs backwards like golf 1 Brightest 6 Dimmest A difference between 61 5 magnitude ratio of 100 0 amp negative 5 for objects brighter than 1 magnitude 6 for objects too faint to see w naked eye Ex Sun 265 Full moon 12 Jupiter 25 Vega 0 Polaris 2 Definitions Apparent Magnitude m Brightness of a star current distance from Earth Absolute Magnitude M Brightness of a star seen from a standard distance of 10 parasec Sirius is the brightest star from Earth Alpha Sentari is the closest star to Earth Distance Modules mM Apparent Magnitude m minus Absolute Magnitude M A measure of the distance to a star The more the star the further away it is More About Magnitudes The magnitudes above are known as visual magnitudes Visual magnitudes bc special filters were used to limit what part of the spectrum contributes to brightness Originally yellow glass filters were used but any color can be used Yellow was used bc it was similar to what human eyes see Temp of star color Redder the star the cooler it is U Ultraviolet B Blue V Visual Color Index The difference between Blue amp Visual BV magnitude of a star It is used to determine a stars temp More cooler Inverse Square Law of Electromagnetic Radiation How much E passes through a unit area at a distance from the source Gets dimmer the further away proportional to brightness 1dquot2 For a given detector eye CCD etc the brightness is the energy received per unit area Stellar Spectra Spectrum of star tells star chem makeup and temp The darkness or quotstrengthquot of spectral lines tells temp Each element shows diff strength over the normal temp range 2500 K 50000 K Spectral Classification Astronomers sort stellar spectra using capital letters in order AO Later learned that surface temp determines the appearance of the spectrum Redundant classes were deleted leaving 7 classes Hottest Coolest OBAFGKM Oh Be A Fine Girl Kiss Me Decimal subdivision are used Ex F7 F8 G0 G1 The classes quotLquot and quotTquot have been added to the sequence for objects w very low surface temps Brown Dwarfs Spectral classification is done by comparing unknown spectra to standard ones The spectral class for the Sun G2 Types of Stars HR Diagram An important tool used by astronomers to study properties amp how they change over time The underlying physical properties of HR diagram are luminosity and surface temp Binary Stars Discovered by Herschel who showed that these stars are gravitationally bound to each other Multiple star systems can have 2 stars all are referred to as binary Optical Double Not binary just 2 stars aligned by chance Recent estimates show that 23 of stars exist as single But slightly more than 12 are binary all stars in binary system are counted that is why s don t match up Categories of Binaries VASE VVisual 2 stars orbiting a common gravitational center AAstrometric Presence of 2ncl star shown by wavy proper motion 5 Spectroscopic Presence of 2 stars is shown by double andor moving spectral lines E Eclipsing 2 Stars get in each other s way bc the place of their orbit is in our line of sight Categories are not mutually exclusive


Buy Material

Are you sure you want to buy this material for

75 Karma

Buy Material

BOOM! Enjoy Your Free Notes!

We've added these Notes to your profile, click here to view them now.


You're already Subscribed!

Looks like you've already subscribed to StudySoup, you won't need to purchase another subscription to get this material. To access this material simply click 'View Full Document'

Why people love StudySoup

Jim McGreen Ohio University

"Knowing I can count on the Elite Notetaker in my class allows me to focus on what the professor is saying instead of just scribbling notes the whole time and falling behind."

Janice Dongeun University of Washington

"I used the money I made selling my notes & study guides to pay for spring break in Olympia, Washington...which was Sweet!"

Bentley McCaw University of Florida

"I was shooting for a perfect 4.0 GPA this semester. Having StudySoup as a study aid was critical to helping me achieve my goal...and I nailed it!"


"Their 'Elite Notetakers' are making over $1,200/month in sales by creating high quality content that helps their classmates in a time of need."

Become an Elite Notetaker and start selling your notes online!

Refund Policy


All subscriptions to StudySoup are paid in full at the time of subscribing. To change your credit card information or to cancel your subscription, go to "Edit Settings". All credit card information will be available there. If you should decide to cancel your subscription, it will continue to be valid until the next payment period, as all payments for the current period were made in advance. For special circumstances, please email


StudySoup has more than 1 million course-specific study resources to help students study smarter. If you’re having trouble finding what you’re looking for, our customer support team can help you find what you need! Feel free to contact them here:

Recurring Subscriptions: If you have canceled your recurring subscription on the day of renewal and have not downloaded any documents, you may request a refund by submitting an email to

Satisfaction Guarantee: If you’re not satisfied with your subscription, you can contact us for further help. Contact must be made within 3 business days of your subscription purchase and your refund request will be subject for review.

Please Note: Refunds can never be provided more than 30 days after the initial purchase date regardless of your activity on the site.