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By Michael Inglis

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2. The graphs demonstrate how the light from three different stars is distributed, depending on the stars’ temperature. The colored block represents the visible part of the spectrum. The first plot shows the light that would be measured from a colored star of about 3000 K. Note that the curved line peaks at about 1100 nm, which would make the star appear red. The second plot shows a star of about 5500 K (similar to the Sun’s temperature), which peaks in the middle of the visible spectrum, thus looking yellowish.

6). The law states that low-temperature stars emit most of their energy in the red to infrared part of the spectrum, while much hotter stars emit in the blue to ultraviolet part of the spectrum. Some very hot stars emit most of their energy in the ultraviolet, and so in fact we see only a fraction of their light. Furthermore, many stars emit nearly all of their light in the infrared, and so we do not see them at all. Surprisingly, these low-mass (to be discussed later), low-temperature stars make up about 70% of the stars in our galaxy, but you would never ever see them by going out and observing the sky on a clear night.

At a given radius, the surface temperature increases (moving from right to left), and luminosity increases. Notice the main sequence and the Sun’s position on it. A very average star. • Stars in the lower left of the H-R diagram are much smaller in radius and appear white. These are the white dwarf stars. As we see from the H-R diagram, they are hot stars with low luminosities; therefore, they must be small and hence the name dwarf stars. They are faint stars, and so they can be seen only with telescopes.

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