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What is the redshift and velocity of the galaxy relative to us

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hey everyone... so im tryna solve this problem :

a galaxy shows an emission line at a wavelenght of 6610.2 A, which we identify as the H-alpha line in the Balmer series of Hydrogen. what is the redshift and velocity of the galaxy relative to us.

period= 4.3 days
magnitude= 26.25
absolute magnitude= -3.21
distance= 7 800 000

okay so my main problem is trying to get planck's constant. I'm tryna use v(redshift velocity)=H0(planck's constant) * D

OR should i use Z(redshift)= (wavelenght observed-wavelenght emitted) / wavelenght emitted

thanks!
 

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H0 is the Hubble constant, here.
 
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yes it is ....
 
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Use
Z(redshift)= (wavelength observed-wavelength emitted) / wavelength emitted
 
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yea but i dont have 'wavelenght emitted'... i only have wavelenght observed :S
 
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Wavelength emitted is given as

"H-alpha line in the Balmer series of Hydrogen"

look it up.
 
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the wavelenght is not exact... and thats not what they meant by that (i think?) cuz they gave the wavelenght and i think they just mentioned the balmer series for clarification... at a wavelenght of 6610.2 A, which we identify as the H-alpha line
 
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okay i re-did the problem and now i have these values:

distance = 29.46 m
M (absolute magnitude)= -3.21
period= 4.3 days
m(magnitude)= 26.25

i just cant seem to find an equation WITHOUT another value for wavelenght (emitted wavelenght value_)
 
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The whole point about red-shift measurements is to get the frequency difference. The emitted frequency is different and we can measure it here on earth and compare with what we received.

Your post #7 is just wrong.
 
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