star density

star density

The number of stars per unit volume of space, usually per parsec cubed. It is often given in terms of the fraction of solar mass per volume. See also luminosity function.

Star Density

 

in the Milky Way Galaxy, the number of stars contained in a volume equal to 1 cubic parsec in a given region in a stellar system. Star density decreases monotonically with increasing distance from the axis of symmetry and the plane of symmetry of the galaxy. In the neighborhood of the sun it totals approximately 0.12 stars per cubic parsec.

star density

[′stär ‚den·səd·ē]
(astronomy)
The average number of stars in a unit volume of space.
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It's a beautiful sight in a 4-inch reflector at 45x, and the star density holds up well enough to make it spectacular even in the largest of amateur instruments despite overflowing the field of view.
Indeed, Lauer says, the actual star density may well exceed this estimate, which is based on Hubble's current optical images.
But certain other, smaller parts of the sky have an even higher star density than Cygnus.
It shows a very large halo nearly 20' across with an abrupt increase in star density halfway in.
I have seen the patchiness in other telescopes and have never known whether I was observing nebulosity or variations in star density, or both.
If we aim haphazardly at a location more than 20 [degrees] from the galactic equator, where the average naked-eye star density is only [Lambda] = 0.056 star per square degree, the computer program shows that the chance of not finding any naked-eye stars within the ring is 50 percent - just as likely as heads on a coin flip.