apparent magnitude

  1. the magnitude of a star as it appears to an observer on the earth.

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Origin of apparent magnitude

First recorded in 1870–75

Words Nearby apparent magnitude Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use apparent magnitude in a sentence

  • Its approach was indicated, not so much by any perceptible change of position, as by an increase of apparent magnitude.

  • Its apparent magnitude is -1m.6, nearly the same as that of Mars in his opposition.

    Lectures on Stellar Statistics | Carl Vilhelm Ludvig Charlier
  • One of extraordinary brilliancy, having an apparent magnitude equal to that of the full moon, was seen near Cherburg.

    Meteoric astronomy: | Daniel Kirkwood
  • I need only refer to the well-known simple optical contrivances for increasing the apparent magnitude of objects.

    Illusions | James Sully
  • To some extent this applies to the changes of apparent magnitude due to altered position.

    Illusions | James Sully

British Dictionary definitions for apparent magnitude

apparent magnitude

  1. another name for magnitude (def. 4)

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Scientific definitions for apparent magnitude

apparent magnitude

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