apparent magnitude

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apparent magnitude:

see magnitudemagnitude,
in astronomy, measure of the brightness of a star or other celestial object. The stars cataloged by Ptolemy (2d cent. A.D.), all visible with the unaided eye, were ranked on a brightness scale such that the brightest stars were of 1st magnitude and the dimmest stars
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apparent magnitude

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apparent magnitude

[ə′pa·rənt ′mag·nə‚tüd]
(astronomy)
An index of a star's brightness relative to that of the other stars; it does not take into account the difference in distance between the stars and is not an indication of the star's true luminosity.
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34, was used to estimate corresponding V-band apparent magnitudes (the small colour variation (3)--up to 0.
The brighter a star's apparent magnitude is, the lower its measurement number.
Due to the wide range of apparent magnitudes, it was decided to carry out a precise photometric study of this nebula.