H-R Diagram Lab – Astronomy

Around 1911 to 1913, a Dutch astronomer named Ejnar Hertzsprung and an American astronomer Henry Norris Russell created a diagram of stars plotted using only their luminosity and their spectral types. A star’s spectral type is determined by the absorption lines found in its spectrum. Hertzsprung and Russell noticed that the spectra were related to the stars’ color and temperature. Their diagram, named the Hertzsprung-Russell, or H-R, diagram in their honor, has been like a Rosetta Stone to stellar astronomy.



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