Those Wonderful Distant Suns

Part of the Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)


Some stars shine brighter than others. We say that they are of different magnitudes, or levels of brightness. Hipparchus, who lived around 150 B.C., classified all stars visible to the naked eye into six classes according to their brightness. The writings in which this ancient Greek astronomer described the magnitude system, almost certainly for the very first time, are long gone.


Black Hole Neutron Star Celestial Body White Dwarf Main Sequence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LjubljanaSlovenia

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