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Calculating distance using absolute and apparent visual magnitudes

  1. Jul 6, 2010 #1
    Is there an equation for calculating the distance of a star if you have the values for apparent visual magnitude and absolute visual magnitude?
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  3. Jul 6, 2010 #2


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    You can use

    [tex]\log D = \frac{m-M}{5}+1.513[/tex]

    M is absolute magnitude
    m is apparent magnitude
    D is the distance in light years.
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