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What is STELLAR CLASSIFICATION? What does STELLAR CLASSIFICATION mean?

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Teach Astronomy - Stellar Classification

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Cool Stars - Y Dwarfs - Stellar Classification - Science at NASA

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Astronomy - Ch. 17: The Nature of Stars (24 of 37) Stellar Classification: Spectral Type

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Everything about Stellar Classification

In astronomy, stellar classification is the classification of stars based on their spectral characteristics. Electromagnetic radiation from the star is analyzed by splitting it with a prism or diffraction grating into a spectrum exhibiting the rainbow of colors interspersed with spectral lines. Each line indicates a particular chemical element or molecule, with the line strength indicating the abundance of that element. The strengths of the different spectral lines vary mainly due to the temperature of the photosphere, although in some cases there are true abundance differences. The spectral class of a star is a short code primarily summarizing the ionization state, giving an objective measure of the photosphere's temperature.