apparent magnitude

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The brightness of a celestial object as measured by the observer. Sirius, the brightest star, has an apparent magnitude of −1.44, and the faintest stars visible to the naked eye under the most favourable conditions have magnitudes of about +6.5. Stars of magnitude +23 are regularly measured at modern professional observatories, and as faint as +30 with the Hubble Space Telescope. If m carries no subscript it is assumed to be the visual magnitude. The notation mbol denotes the apparent bolometric magnitude.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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