bolometric correction

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The difference between the visual and bolometric magnitudes of an object. Two zero-points are in use, which differ by 0.07 mag. One defines the Sun to have zero bolometric correction. The other has its zero-point set so that bolometric corrections for all stars are positive; this is because other stars emit more energy than the Sun at non-visual wavelengths, either in the ultraviolet for hotter stars or the infrared for cooler stars. Confusingly, some authorities define bolometric correction as bolometric magnitude minus visual magnitude, which makes all values negative.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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