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Pogson scale


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Norman Robert Pogson (1829—1891) astronomer

 

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The standard scale of magnitude, which was formulated mathematically by N. R. Pogson in 1856. He proposed that a difference of 5 magnitudes should be defined as corresponding to a difference of exactly 100 in the intensities of the stars concerned. A difference of 1 magnitude therefore corresponds to the fifth root of 100, which is 2.512.

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