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

See 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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Below is a chart showing the apparent magnitudes of the 10 brightest stars (other than the sun) as seen from Earth.
The reason is that the light of a star cluster, nebula, or galaxy usually is spread out, diluting it relative to a pointlike star of the same apparent magnitude.
Here Reid is appropriating for his own purposes Berkeley's distinction between tangible and visible magnitude, or as Reid also styles it, real and apparent magnitude. As Reid develops the distinction, the real magnitude of an object (for example, the edge of a table) is an intrinsic property of it, measured in inches or feet, whereas the apparent magnitude of an object is a relation between the object and a perceiver, measured by the angle the object subtends at the eye.
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The connection between colour perception and apparent magnitude is well illustrated by the following anecdote.