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Astronomy Cast

Wizzard Media

Science & Medicine, Natural Sciences

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Science & Medicine 37
Natural Sciences 12

Astronomy Cast brings you a weekly fact-based journey through the cosmos.

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Ep. 196: Luminosity and Magnitude

June 28th, 2010

Episode 228 of 489 episodes

Astronomers measure the brightness of stars as magnitude. But this brightness depends on the distance to the star as well as the total amount of energy it's pumping out into space. And from our vantage point here on Earth, appearances can be deceiving.

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