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distance modulus

(moj -ŭ-lŭs) The difference between the apparent magnitude, m , and the absolute magnitude, M , of a star and therefore a measure of distance (see magnitude):
m M = 5 log(d /10) = 5 logd – 5

where d is the distance in parsecs. Distance modulus is used to determine the distances of stars and stellar clusters. It is corrected for interstellar extinction by an additional term (see magnitude).

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Distance Modulus


in astronomy, the difference between the apparent (m) and absolute (M) magnitudes of a celestial body. This quantity is used to describe distances to stars and stellar systems. Whereas M depends only on the intrinsic luminosity of a star, m depends also on the distance r (in parsecs) to the star, that is, m – M = 5 log r — 5.

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distance modulus

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