Eddington limit


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Eddington limit

(ed -ing-tŏn) An upper limit to the luminosity that can be radiated by a celestial object of a specified mass. Beyond this limit the forces on matter due to radiation pressure in the emitting region would exceed the gravitational forces holding the object together.

Eddington limit

[′ed·iŋ·tən ‚lim·ət]
(astrophysics)
A limit on the radiation emitted by a star above which the star becomes unstable.
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The Eddington limit is the point at which the force of gravity pulling gas together is balanced by the outward pressure from the stars.