Group C Luminous Objects


All star are luminousA luminous object is one that gives off light. In other words, it glows of its own accord.

To be able to glow, the object must have its own source of energy. A torch shines because of the energy stored in its batteries, whereas all stars shine using energy created by nuclear fusion. Both of these are considered to be luminous objects.

In order for us to see an object that is non-luminous, it must reflect some of the light it receives from a luminous sourcQuasard.jpge, such as the Sun. Most of the objects we see, such as cars, clouds or even the Moon, are not luminous; it is just that they reflect sunlight.

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