Stellar Spectra and That Famous Mnemonic

  • Keith Robinson
Part of the Patrick Moore’s Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)


Sooner or later, every amateur astronomer gets to know about the spectral classes of stars and that the letters which represent the spectral classes; OBAFGKM, can be remembered with that famous mnemonic; ‘Oh Be A Fine Girl Kiss Me’. In fact every self-respecting astronomer should ask the question; ‘Why such an odd jumble of letters?Why not ABCD etc.?’ I myself can’t remember asking such questions—well it was a long time ago!


Absorption Line Spectral Sequence Spectral Class Cool Star Balmer Line 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© Springer 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Keith Robinson
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  1. 1.Royal Astronomical Society, UKLancasterUK

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