I’ve spent a lot of time trying to answer certain questions in astronomy, where I just want a rough approximation for the purpose of a simulation, and don’t need an exact answer. These are some of the equations I’ve come up with.

### Yerkes Classes’ T/M_{v} Relations

These equations are shown as functions where x is temperature in Kelvin, and f(x) is absolute magnitude (visual). Most are valid from 2400 K to a little bit past 30000 K, the exceptions are noted. For the hypergiants and white dwarfs, the range is within an elliptical region, of which these functions define the major axis; for all others, they are a trend line along a Yerkes classification.

- Hypergiants (0):

f(x) = -8.9 - Supergiants (Ia):

f(x) = -0.00135x^{3}+ 0.0233x^{2}+ 0.0187x – 7.349 - Supergiants (Ib):

f(x) = 0.00329x^{3}– 0.0962x^{2}+ 0.829x – 7.209 - Bright Giants (II):

f(x) = 0.00557x^{3}– 0.166x^{2}+ 1.505x – 6.816 - Giants (III):

f(x) = 0.0135x^{3}– 0.373x^{2}+ 3.019x – 7.233 - Subgiants (IV):

f(x) = -0.151x^{2}+ 2.216x – 5.128*(4450-100000 K***only**) - Dwarfs (V):

f(x) = 0.00193x^{5}– 0.0615x^{4}+ 0.742x^{3}– 4.257x^{2}+ 12.439x – 12.996*(note: this one is the least accurate)* - Subdwarfs (VI):

f(x) = 0.131x^{3}– 3.275x^{2}+ 27.576x – 71.7*(3050-6000 K***only**) - White Dwarfs (VII):

f(x) = 0.489x + 10.01*(4450-30000 K***only**)

### Simple Conversions

- Absolute Magnitude (visual) â†’ Luminosity (solar luminosities):

L_{sun}= 100 * exp(-0.944 * M_{v})

Accurate between 0-10 M_{v}. Probably continues accuracy relatively well. - Main Sequence Luminosity / Mass Relation:

L_{star}/ L_{sun}= (M_{star}/ M_{sun})^{3.5}

L_{star}= ( 3.68 * ln(M_{star}) – 0.244 )^{e}*(The second equation applies to all stars.)* - Mass / Lifetime Relation:

T_{years}= ( 23.4 – 2.68 * ln(M_{star}) )^{e}*(This applies to all stars.)*

Spectral filters are used to help classify stars. **U**ltraviolet, **B**lue, **V**isual, **R**ed, and **I**nfrared. Objects are listed in different indexes:

**U**–**V**for the hottest objects (stellar remnants, galaxies)**B**–**V**(the majority of stars)**R**–**I**for the coolest (LTY “stars” and below)

### Equations I no longer recommend

Provided for completeness, in case they are found to be useful.

- Temperature (K) â†’ Absolute Magnitude (visual):

M_{v}= 35.463 * exp(-0.000353 * T)

Roughly accurate between 2000-50000 Kelvin. Probably doesn’t continue accuracy at hotter temperatures. Previously this was at the top of this post, now I am not sure why (perhaps the simplicity). The Yerkes’ classifications are a better system. - B-V index (x) â†’ Temperature (K):

T = -772.2x^{3}+ 3152x^{2}– 6893x + 9500

Sorta accurate between 0-2. (This equation I am least comfortable with, and don’t plan to use.)