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Absolute Magnitude [Astro*Index]

Absolute magnitude is the actual brightness of a star: how bright it would appear if it were at a standard distance of 32.6 light years. Our Sun's absolute magnitude is +4.9. The most luminous star, known as S Doradus, has an absolute magnitude of about -8.9. The faintest dwarf stars have a magnitude of about +21.

See also:
♦ Magnitude ♦ Apparent Magnitude ♦ Luminosity ♦ Dwarf Nova

 

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