Photometry: Measuring the Brightness of Stars

Photometry involves measuring the brightness or flux of electromagnetic radiation from stars and other celestial objects. By using filters astronomers can obtain values that allow them to determine the colour and temperature of a star. In this section will will examine how the brightness of stars is measured, how this can be used to compare stars and the value of filters. We will also look at how the technology used to record celestial details has evolved from the naked-eye astronomy of antiquity, to the importance of photography in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and the incredible efficiency and power of modern photoelectric techniques.

Syllabus Requirements

4. Photometric measurements can be used for determining distance and comparing objects

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