The Stellar Magnitudes and Distances

  • Donald McGillivray
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Part of the Dimensions of Science book series (DIMOSCI)

Abstract

Trigonometric parallax provides a highly accurate method of determining the distance to the nearest stars. The technique is essentially the same as the terrestrial surveying method of triangulation, in which the distance towards a point is measured by taking sightings, and measuring the angles to the point from either end of a baseline of known length. The distance to the object is calculated by simple trigonometry.

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© Donald McGillivray 1987

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