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absolute magnitude

noun, Astronomy
1.
the magnitude of a star as it would appear to a hypothetical observer at a distance of 10 parsecs or 32.6 light-years.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05
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  • It is not the absolute magnitude of the speed of the object that is measured, but only the radial component of the speed.
  • For time transfer, the absolute magnitude of the path delay must be known.
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absolute magnitude

noun
1.
the apparent magnitude a given star would have if it were situated at a distance of 10 parsecs (32.6 light years) from the earth
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absolute magnitude in Science
absolute magnitude  
See under at magnitude.
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