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A group of stars that form a pattern in the sky


an instrument that separates light into colors and makes an image of the resulting spectrum

apparent brightness

the brightness of a star as seen from earth

absolute brightness

the brightness a star would have if it were at a standard distance from earth

light year

The distance that light travels in one year


the apparent change in position of an object when seen from different places


a huge cloud of dust and gas in space


a contracting cloud of gas and dust; the earliest stage of a star's life

white dwarf

a faint star of enormous density

super nova

a star that suddenly gets very bright and explodes

neutron star

a star that has collapsed under its own gravity

black hole

a region of space resulting from the collapse of a star

binary star

a system of two stars that revolve around each other under their mutual gravitation


(astronomy) a collection of star systems


a starlike object that may send out radio waves and other forms of energy

scientific notation

a method of writing very large or very small numbers by using powers of 10

big bang

the initial explosion that resulted in the formation and expansion of the universe

Hubble's Law

The observation that the farther away a galaxy is, the faster it is moving away.


All matter and energy that exists in space


a rapidly spinning neutron star that produces radio waves

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