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stellar parameter determination

(methods by which the parameters of stars are determined)

Stellar parameters such as their mass, luminosity, radius, temperature, metallicity, age, rotation period, and distance can occasionally be determined directly, but more values can be determined with the help of models, which may be simple equations, charts reflecting many observed stars, or elaborate simulations of stellar processes. Through chains of such determinations, many such parameters can often be determined or approximated.

In some cases even when a parameter cannot be fully determined, a probability distribution of its values can be through statistically-based studies of entire populations. For example, if the viewing angle of a binary system's orbit is undetermined, the distribution of viewing angles is known, so data from a population of such binary systems still reveals information about the distribution of parameters that the viewing angle would have revealed.

The most direct methods:

Less direct methods:

Binary stars observed over time reveal much:

See "stellar distance determination", "stellar mass determination", "stellar radius determination", "stellar luminosity determination", "stellar temperature determination", "stellar age determination", "stellar rotation", and "gyrochronology".

Further reading:

Referenced by pages:
ATLAS Stellar Model
binary star
H3 Survey (H3)
mass-radius relation
stellar kinematics