standard candle


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By finding the very brightest red giants in a distant galaxy—the ones that toe this theoretical limit—the team could use them as standard candles to calculate distances and its own H0. Joshua Sokol, Science | AAAS, "Debate intensifies over speed of expanding universe," 19 July 2019 Next the Cepheids are used to calibrate the distances to Type Ia supernovas — even brighter (though rarer) standard candles that can be seen in faraway galaxies. Quanta Magazine, "How Triangulation Leads to Knowledge," 4 Jan. 2018 So far, standard candles have done it with precisions of 2–3%. Davide Castelvecchi, Scientific American, "Here Come the Waves," 23 Apr. 2018

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1879, in the meaning defined above

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