Using the Magnitude Scale to Compare Star Brightness


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Apparent Visual Magnitude takes _____ into account:

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1. Using the magnitude scale, a star with magnitude 6 is ___ than a star with magnitude ___.

2. Which of these celestial objects cannot be seen with the naked eye, based on the concepts of the magnitude scale:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of comparing star brightness using the magnitude scale. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include the apparent visual magnitude and how stars compare with different magnitudes.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • How apparent visual magnitude is measured
  • Compare and contrast stars using the magnitude scale
  • Characteristics of apparent visual magnitude

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding how a given star compares against another star using the magnitude scale
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve magnitude scale problems
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related magnitude scale lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about how bright that starlight is, review the corresponding lesson called Using the Magnitude Scale to Compare Star Brightness. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand how the magnitude scale was developed
  • Describe the role of apparent brightness to the scale
  • Identify the importance of distance in determining brightness
  • Explain how the apparent visual magnitude is expressed
  • Appreciate the inverse relationship between brightness and magnitude