From the beginning, humans have loved to look at stars, but how much does that really mean?
According to new research, the starlight we see, as well as the way the light bounces around in the air, are important signals for the health of our planet.
The results have been published in the journal Nature Communications.
A group of scientists from the University of Sydney and the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, Australia, used the ground-based telescopes at the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii to study the patterns of light from more than 30,000 stars.
Using these images, the scientists calculated how much of the light reflected off these stars is absorbed by the atmosphere.
The team then used this information to calculate how much energy is radiated off the stars.
By measuring the radiation emitted from the stars, the researchers could map the radiation balance between the atmosphere and the stars’ surface.
Their findings suggest that the atmosphere is more important than previously thought.
The researchers suggest that if there is a change in the amount of light that bounces off a star, it can cause a change to the shape of the atmosphere, and this can be detected by measuring the amount the light reflects off the star.
This can be done with a small telescope.
However, for the time being, the research team is focussing on measuring the energy of the star to figure out what the star’s surface absorbs.