By Cornelis de Jager (auth.)
No a part of the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram exhibits a extra reported range of stellar forms than the higher half, which incorporates the main luminous stars. Can one visualize a bigger distinction than among a luminous, younger and very scorching Of celebrity, and a funky, developed pulsating gigantic of the Mira sort, or an S-type supergiant, or - back on the different aspect of the diagram - the compact nucleus of a planetary nebula? yet there's order and solidarity during this obvious illness! nearly every kind of vibrant stars are evolutionally similar, in a single approach or the opposite. Evolution hyperlinks shiny stars. in lots of circumstances the evolution is accelerated by means of, or not less than in detail concerning quite a few symptoms of stellar instability. vibrant stars lose mass, both continually or in dramatic surprising occasions, they vibrate or pulsate - and with those tenuous, significant items this frequently occurs in a such a lot weird and wonderful model. occasionally the evolution is going so quickly that basic adjustments are observable within the time span of a human's existence - numerous of such instances have now been identified.
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No a part of the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram exhibits a extra reported range of stellar varieties than the higher half, which incorporates the main luminous stars. Can one visualize a bigger distinction than among a luminous, younger and intensely sizzling Of big name, and a funky, advanced pulsating big of the Mira variety, or an S-type supergiant, or - back on the different part of the diagram - the compact nucleus of a planetary nebula?
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8 00 0 0 0 0 ddo 0 0 • •• 0 0 0 0 8 l- u w a.. :-_ _-----:' 3 4 5 6 7 8 -Mv Fig. 9. Relation between Mv and the observed ratio of HalHy, a measure of the extent of the envelope. Open circles, Ha in absorption; filled circles, Ha in emission. The predicted ratio is near unity according to the non-LTE plane-parallel models. 3. For stars with Mv fainter than -6, the line ratio is near that predicted; these lines are formed in plane-parallel geometry. For stars brighter than this, the Ha line weakens or goes into emission, implying a greater and greater extension of the envelope.
Table IV gives the Yerkes classification of bright standard supergiant stars as defined in the fundamental work of Morgan and coworkers. Since the MK-classification is an empirical and qualitative one, based on the aspect of the spectra it needs to be calibrated. Figure 7 gives the result of such a calibration for supergiants of spectral types AO to GO, after Bouw and Parsons (1972). , 1943; Keenan and Morgan, 1951; as revised by Morgan and Keenan, 1973). The revised types are marked with a dot.
Figure 13 is based on the work of Harris et al. (1963) with the above mentioned modern additions for the massive stars (Table VIII) and from results given in Table IX. 7. 7 (cf. Figure 13). It should next be possible to compare the results from 'direct' determination, particularly Table VIII and Figure 13, with theoretical computations, and with results from the 'indirect' determinations. 35 THE MAIN OBSERVATIONAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MOST LUMINOUS STARS -10 + + ..... • •... ,. ,. 2 Fig. 13. Mass-luminosity law, based for the fairly massive stars on Harris et al.