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Homework Help: Parallax question.

  1. Mar 2, 2009 #1


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    The question:
    A triple stellar system, showing a parallax of 0.01 arcsecond, is composed of a binary system,
    with a distance between the two stars of 0.2 AU, and a third star, at a distance of 90 AU from
    the binary. This system is observed in the optical (wavelength of 55000 Angstram) with a 1 meter telescope.
    a. What is the distance of this system ?
    b. How many stars will actually be seen when using a space-based telescope ?
    c. How many stars will be seen when using a ground-based telescope, where the typical seeing
    is 1 arcsecond ?

    My attempt at solution
    a. Well, [tex]\theta=0.01[arcseconds][/tex], [tex]D=\frac{\lambda}{\theta}[/tex] where lambda is the wavelenghth given in the brackets, and D is the distance of this stellar system from earth.

    Don't know how to do b. and c., any advice?

    Thanks in advance.
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