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comment Mass, Radius, Colour, Size, Type of a Star from the Hipparcos Catalog
First: Yes $-2.5\log(L/L_{\textrm{sun}})$ is $-2.5\times \log()$. As to converting this into computer code, I'm not sure what you do not understand. Maybe the conversion from $M-M_{\textrm{sun}} = \log{\frac{L}{L_{\textrm{sun}}}}$? This would become $\frac{L}{L_{\textrm{sun}}} = 10^{M-M_{\textrm{sun}}}$ so if you have a value for $M-M_{\textrm{sun}}$, say $2.056$, then you can calculate the luminosity (in solar luminosities) with 'pow(10,2.056)'.
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answered Mass, Radius, Colour, Size, Type of a Star from the Hipparcos Catalog
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comment Retrograde motion and Kuiper Belt Objects
To add to my comment: astronomical twilight is defined when the Sun is 18 degree below the horizon. If the Sun is lower than that, observations should be possible from a site that is dark enough. When the KBO a starts or ends its prograde motion the angle is 90 degrees. That should be enough.
Jan
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comment Retrograde motion and Kuiper Belt Objects
Good point, the prograde motion of an object infinitely far away will take 6 months. And it will occur when the Earth is on the half of its orbit that is opposite to the KBO. That is when the KBO will be most difficult to observe. The worst circumstances will be when the KBO is exactly on the ecliptic. But even then it will still be observable when it just starts the prograde motion or when it is about to end the prograde motion. At least from somewhere on the Earth, for instance, one of the poles. At that point the angle KBO-Earth-Sun will be about 90 degrees.
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answered Retrograde motion and Kuiper Belt Objects
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comment How to complete the Hipparcos Catalog?
I'm afraid not. I've been thinking about compiling the list myself, but never got around to it. If you are satisfied with only the MOST common names (in English, i.e. not in arabian or greek lettering) then you might consider compiling the list yourself. There are not that many stars that have common names that are used. -- Most constellations will have only a few (one or two) stars whose names are actually used. In the southern hemisphere most constellations will have 0 stars with common names (where the Bayer name is most often used).
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comment What are the units of distance in this subtended angle calculation?
Yes, but the question was not on how to convert between arc seconds and radians, @user193041 already did that correctly in the question.
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answered How to complete the Hipparcos Catalog?
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comment What are the units of distance in this subtended angle calculation?
There are actually quite a lot of dimensionless units. And they are real units. Another dimensionless unit is for instance Magnitude (as a unit not a measurement scale).
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comment What are the units of distance in this subtended angle calculation?
But @user193041 already did convert the angle in arc seconds to radians. This is not an answer to the question.
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answered Is the universe simply a mass of atoms in 'void'; what does it look like?
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answered Wher can I find a list of blueshifted regions in the Milky Way?
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answered What does designation VY, NML, UU in star names stand for?
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comment Number density of stars on the Galactic plane
I meant $N(0)$ of course.
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comment Number density of stars on the Galactic plane
@barrycarter I got it from a course on the Milky Way I did a few years back, it's not available online. Thanks for the link, I should have realised that the values for $N(z)$ depend on the radial distance from the Milky Way's core as your reference mentions.
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