Astronomy Chapter 11 Study Quizzes

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What is the approximate chemical composition (by mass) with which all stars are born?

three quarters hydrogen, one quarter helium, no more than 2% heavier elements

The total amount of power (in watts) that a star radiates into space is called its ____________.

luminosity

According to the inverse square law of light, how will the apparent brightness of an object change if its distance to us triples?

Its apparent brightness will decrease by a factor of 9.

Assuming that we can measure the apparent brightness of a star, what does the inverse square law of light allow us to do?

Calculate the star's luminosity if we know its distance, or calculate its distance if we know its luminosity

If Star A is closer to us than Star B, then Star A's parallax angle is _______.

larger than that of Star B

Ten parsecs is about __________.

32.6 light years

Star A has an apparent magnitude of 3 and Star B has an apparent magnitude of 5. Which star is brighter in our sky?

Star A

From hottest to coolest, the order of spectral types of stars is _________.

OBAFGKM

Our sun is a star of spectral type

G

Astronomers can measure a star's mass in only certain cases. Which one of the following cases might allow astronomer's to measure a star's mass?

The star is a member of the binary star system

Which of the following terms is given to a pair of stars that we can determine are orbiting each other only by measuring their periodic Doppler shifts?

spectroscopic binary

The axes on Hertzsprung-Russell (H-R) diagram represent _________.

luminosity and surface temperature

What can we infer, at least roughly, from a star's luminosity class?

its size (radius)

On an H-R diagram, stellar radii __________.

increase diagonally from the lower left to the upper right

On an H-R diagram, stellar masses __________.

can be determined for main sequence stars but not for the other types of stars

How is the lifetime of a star related to its mass?

More massive stars live much shorter lives than less massive stars.

Each choice below lists a spectral type and luminosity class for a star. Which one is a red supergiant?

Spectral type M2, luminosity class 1

What is the common trait for all main sequence stars?

They generate energy through hydrogen fusion into their core.

Suppose our Sun were suddenly replaced by a supergiant star.Which of the following would be true?

Earth would be inside of the supergiant.

What is a white dwarf?

the remains of a star that ran out of fuel for nuclear fusion

Which of the following statements comparing open and globular star clusters is NOT true?

Open and globular star clusters each typically contain a few hundred stars.

What do we mean by the main sequence turnoff point of a star cluster, and what does it tell us?

It is the spectral type of the hottest main sequence star in a star cluster, and it tells us the cluster's age.

All stars are born with the same basic composition, yet stars can look quite different from one another. Which two factors primarily determine the characteristics of a star?

its mass and its stage of life

Based on the definition of apparent brightness, which units are appropriate for its measurement?

watts per square meter

Star A is identical to Star B,except that Star A is twice as far from us as Star B. Therefore:

Both stars have the same luminosity, but the apparent brightness of Star B is four times that of Star A.

A star with parallax angle of 1/20 arcsecond is _________

20 parsecs away

The star Vega has an absolute magnitude of about 4 and an apparent magnitude of about 0. Based on the definitions of absolute and apparent magnitude, we can conclude that ______.

Vega is nearer than 10 parsecs from Earth.

Which of the following statements about spectral types of stars is not generally true?

The spectral type of a star can be used to determine its distance

Sirius is a star with spectral type A star and Rigel is a star with spectral type B star. What can we conclude?

Rigel has a higher surface temperature than Sirius.

To calculate the masses of stars in a binary system, we must measure their _________.

orbital period and average orbital distance.

areful measurements reveal that a star maintains a steady apparent brightness at most times, except that at precise intervals of 73 hours the star becomes dimmer for about 2 hours. The most likely explanation is that _________.

the star is a member of an eclipsing binary star system

You observe a star and you want to plot it on an H-R diagram. You will need to measure all of the following, except the star's _________.

mass

The approximate main-sequence lifetime of a star of spectral type O is _________.

3 million years

How did astronomers discover the relationship between spectral type and mass for main sequence stars?

by measuring the masses and spectral types of main sequence stars in binary systems

The choices below each describe the appearance of an H-R diagram for a different star cluster. Which cluster is the youngest?

The diagram shows main sequence stars of every spectral type except O, along with a few giants and supergiants.

The choices below each describe the appearance of an H-R diagram for a different star cluster. Which cluster is most likely to be located in the halo of our galaxy?

he diagram shows main-sequence stars of spectral types G, K, and M, along with numerous giants and white dwarfs.

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