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absolute magnitude

noun, Astronomy.
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 of absolute magnitude
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The absolute magnitude of my misfortune only loomed upon me by degrees.

    The O'Conors of Castle Conor Anthony Trollope
  • Well, first one is struck with the absolute magnitude assigned to T.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • The chaotic fringe plus manifesting kosmos constitute the absolute magnitude of the kosmos.

    The Mystery of Space Robert T. Browne
  • Kemmerer does not, in general, assign an absolute magnitude for "trade," but for 1890 he gives a figure.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • A fast reading with the photocell gave me the apparent magnitude and a comparison with its absolute magnitude showed its distance.

    The Repairman Harry Harrison
  • These relations are, absolute magnitude of force, relation of force and of the different arms mutually, and nature of the country.

    On War Carl von Clausewitz
  • When we say "absolute magnitude," we do not mean a magnitude which stands out of all relations to other facts in the universe.

    Social Value B. M. Anderson
  • The corresponding magnitude will be called the absolute magnitude and is denoted by M.

    Lectures on Stellar Statistics Carl Vilhelm Ludvig Charlier
  • We shall find that the absolute magnitude of these stars nearly coincides with that of the stars of type B.

    Lectures on Stellar Statistics Carl Vilhelm Ludvig Charlier
  • The absolute magnitude of this star is 11m.7 and it is, with the exception of one other, the very faintest star now known.

    Lectures on Stellar Statistics Carl Vilhelm Ludvig Charlier
British Dictionary definitions for absolute magnitude

absolute magnitude

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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absolute magnitude in Science
absolute magnitude  
See under at magnitude.
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