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By Alan Longstaff

Astrobiology is a multidisciplinary pursuit that during a number of guises encompasses astronomy, chemistry, planetary and Earth sciences, and biology. It will depend on mathematical, statistical, and computing device modeling for conception, and house technological know-how, engineering, and computing to enforce observational and experimental paintings. for this reason, while learning astrobiology, a wide clinical canvas is required. for instance, it truly is now Read more...

summary: Astrobiology is a multidisciplinary pursuit that during a variety of guises encompasses astronomy, chemistry, planetary and Earth sciences, and biology. It will depend on mathematical, statistical, and laptop modeling for conception, and area technological know-how, engineering, and computing to enforce observational and experimental paintings. for this reason, while learning astrobiology, a wide medical canvas is required. for instance, it's now transparent that the Earth operates as a process; it's now not applicable to imagine by way of geology, oceans, surroundings, and lifestyles as being separate.--Provided by means of writer

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Its temperature and radius together determine its luminosity. Nuclear reaction rates increase with temperature and density, so the gas and radiation pressures are correspondingly higher for more massive stars. This staves off stellar collapse, but at the expense of a higher rate of hydrogen fusion. Although more massive stars start out with more core hydrogen, the increase in fusion rate rises with mass much faster than can be compensated for by the additional fuel. This is because nuclear reactions are very sensitive to temperature.

These studies heralded the field of spectroscopy—a technique that lies at the heart of observational astronomy. Spectroscopy works because photons interact with matter. Atoms absorb and emit light at specific and characteristic wavelengths as their electrons jump between discrete energy levels determined by quantum mechanics. This insight would emerge from the failure of classical physics. 3) that has a very different shape compared to that predicted by physics at the end of the nineteenth century.

The Lyman series, the transitions to and from the ground state (n = 1) are of much higher energies than the Balmer series; so, they are seen in the ultraviolet region. The Lyman alpha (Lyα) transition between n = 2 and n = 1 is particularly strong and easily recognized; so it has proved important for astronomers probing distant galaxies. The Paschen series are transitions to and from n > 3 and n = 3. 5 (i) Calculate the frequency of the Paschen α photon absorbed when the hydrogen atom is excited from n = 3 to n = 4 electronic level.

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