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Question:
How does the Wien law permit astronomers to determine the tempeture of various star?


Replies:
There are actually three radiation laws attributed to Wien. The first, and probably the one that easiest to apply to the temperature of stars, states:

Lmax * T = const. = 0.2896.

That is, the product of the wavelength of maximum emission intensity, Lmax, and the absolute temperature, T is a constant. So by measuring the wavelength of maximum intensity, an estimate of the temperature of the star can be made.

Vince Calder



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