## Calculating absolute magnitude and apparent magnitude

Ummm... never mind, we found it...

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Given Proxima Centauri with parallax angle of 0.769" and apparent bolometric magnitude of 11.1... what is its absolute magnitude?

2. Relevant equations

I get that I should use m-M = 5 log10(d/10 pc) and I understand that d = 1/p".

What I really need to know is: what do I use to get apparent magnitude? After I get m I can plug and chug, and I'm fine with that... but how do I get m?

Apparent magnitude was not given and I can't look it up for a quiz or test.

3. The attempt at a solution

so far...

m-M = 5 log10 [(1/0.769)/10]

or M = m - 5 log10 (.1300)

But I'm still stuck on where to go for m...

Thanks!

Lori the Totally Lost English Major
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 Recognitions: Homework Help Science Advisor They gave you the "apparent bolometric magnitude", just use that. The only difference between that and "apparent visual magnitude" is what wavelengths of light are being measured.