Fall 2000 ASTR 1120-001 General Astronomy Problem Set 5 Fall 2000 ASTR 1120-001 General Astronomy: Stars & Galaxies.
Problem Set 5. Due Th 16 Nov

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1. Recession velocity of Per A

This is the observed spectrum (Kennicutt 1992) of NGC 1275, also known as Per A, the central galaxy in the Perseus cluster of galaxies. The name Per A is because it's the brightest radio source in the Perseus constellation.

(a) Wavelength of Ha

Measure, as accurately as you can, the wavelength of the Ha line (Ha is the leftmost of the two close prominent emission lines at the right of the graph).

The observed wavelength of the Ha line in Per A is ____________________ nm.

(b) Redshift

Deduce the redshift z of Per A, from the usual formula z| =| (| l| -| l0| )| /| l0, where l0 = 656 nm is the laboratory wavelength of Ha.

The redshift of Per A is ____________________  .

(c) Recession velocity

Hence deduce the recession velocity v of Per A from the nonrelativistic Doppler formula z = v / c with c = 3 × 105 km/s the speed of light.

The recession velocity of Per A is ____________________  km/s.

2. Cepheids

h & c Persei is a pretty double open cluster of stars. The clusters contain several Cepheid variable stars which are used to calibrate Cepheid luminosities. Here is a table of their periods and luminosities:

Star Period Luminosity
(days) (Lsun)
UY Per 5.4 2600
VY Per 5.5 3660
VX Per 10.9 5450
SZ Cas 13.6 7660

(a) Luminosity-Period

Plot these Cepheids on the above graph of Luminosity versus Period. Draw a straight line as fairly as you can through the the origin and through the h & c Cepheids (the line will not pass exactly through all the points because there are observational and other errors and uncertainties in the precise positions of the points). The straight line expresses graphically the proportionality

L µ P
discovered by Henrietta Leavitt in 1907.

(b) Hubble's Cepheid Number 1

The first Cepheid variable found by Edwin Hubble in 1923 in M31, the Andromedae galaxy, had a period of 31.4 days. Plot the expected position of Hubble's Cepheid on your diagram. Read off the plot the luminosity of Hubble's Cepheid.

The luminosity of Hubble's Cepheid Number 1 is ____________________  Lsun.

(c) Distance to M31

The observed flux from Hubble's Cepheid is F = 1.1 × 10-15 W m-2. Use the inverse square law of flux with distance to determine the distance to M31 in pc? [Hint: 1 Lsun = 3.9 × 1026 W; 1 pc = 3.1 × 1016 m.]

The distance to M31 is ____________________ pc.

3. Age of the Universe

(a) Hubble Constant

Hubble Space Telescope observations of the galaxy M100 in the Virgo cluster by Wendy Freedman et al (1994) detected 13 Cepheid variables. The distance measured from the Cepheids is d = 17.1 Mpc. The recession velocity measured from the redshift of M100 is v = 1510 km/s. What is the inferred value of the Hubble constant H0 = v / d in units of km/s/Mpc?

The Hubble constant measured from M100 is ____________________ km/s/Mpc.

(b) Age

What is the age, in years, of the Universe t = 1 / H0 inferred from the above measured value of the Hubble constant H0? [Hint: 1 pc = 3.1 × 1013 km; 1 yr = 3.2 × 107 s].

The age of the Universe is ____________________ years.

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