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How many times greater is the flux from a star that is 16.5 times hotter than the sun?
Re: flux
Hi rockyrm2003,
Let's assume that by "16.5 times hotter than the sun" you mean a "16.5 times the effective temperature of the sun".
The luminosity, L, of a star (that is, the flux of energy emitted by the star) is:
L = 4*pi*(radius of star)^2*StephanBoltzmann constant*(effective temperature of star)^4
Taking the ratio of the luminosity of the star to the luminosity of the Sun,
L_star = L_sun*(radius of star/radius of Sun)^2*(effective temperature of star/effective temperature of sun)^4
From this, we see that in addition to knowing the effective temperature of the star, we also need to know the radius of the star in question. Stellar mass, radius, and luminosity are all related to each other. But, to have a definite answer to your question, we would also need to know the radius of the star in question.
Let's assume that by "16.5 times hotter than the sun" you mean a "16.5 times the effective temperature of the sun".
The luminosity, L, of a star (that is, the flux of energy emitted by the star) is:
L = 4*pi*(radius of star)^2*StephanBoltzmann constant*(effective temperature of star)^4
Taking the ratio of the luminosity of the star to the luminosity of the Sun,
L_star = L_sun*(radius of star/radius of Sun)^2*(effective temperature of star/effective temperature of sun)^4
From this, we see that in addition to knowing the effective temperature of the star, we also need to know the radius of the star in question. Stellar mass, radius, and luminosity are all related to each other. But, to have a definite answer to your question, we would also need to know the radius of the star in question.
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Terik
Terik
Re: flux
tdaly wrote:Hi rockyrm2003,
Let's assume that by "16.5 times hotter than the sun" you mean a "16.5 times the effective temperature of the sun".
The luminosity, L, of a star (that is, the flux of energy emitted by the star) is:
L = 4*pi*(radius of star)^2*StephanBoltzmann constant*(effective temperature of star)^4
Taking the ratio of the luminosity of the star to the luminosity of the Sun,
L_star = L_sun*(radius of star/radius of Sun)^2*(effective temperature of star/effective temperature of sun)^4
From this, we see that in addition to knowing the effective temperature of the star, we also need to know the radius of the star in question. Stellar mass, radius, and luminosity are all related to each other. But, to have a definite answer to your question, we would also need to know the radius of the star in question.
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