apparent magnitude


Definition of apparent magnitude

: the luminosity of a celestial body (such as a star) as observed from the earth — compare absolute magnitude

Examples of apparent magnitude in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, Neptune has an apparent magnitude of about 7.7. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "How Elon Musk's Starlink satellites may have stifled the best chance to find Planet 9," 2 July 2020 The dimmest stars humans can see with the naked eye have an apparent magnitude (intrinsic magnitude modified by distance) of about 6 (lower numbers are brighter). Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "How a Passing Star 70,000 Years Ago Changed the Solar System," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of apparent magnitude

1708, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jul 2020

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“Apparent magnitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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