Hubble Constant H</a><SUB>0</sub>

Hubble Constant H0

is needed to estimate the size and age of the Universe.

v = H0d

v = recessional velocity of a galaxy

from spectroscopic observations of the galaxy's redshift, indicating its radial velocity. The recessional velocity, v, is related to the galaxy's redshift, z, via the formula v = c z, where c is the speed of light, 3 105 km/s.)

d =the galaxy's precise distance from earth

The units of the Hubble Constant are kilometers per second per megaparsec.


Source: "Lifting the Veil on Hubble's Constant" May 25, 1999 Author: John Horack [Date accessed 5 Jun 2000]

The Hubble Constant describes how fast objects appear to be moving away from our galaxy as a function of distance. If you plot apparent recessional velocity against distance, as in the figure left, the Hubble Constant is simply the slope of a straight line through the data.

Estimates vary of H0 from =55+/-6 km s-1 Mpc-1 to 70 km s-1 Mpc-1.

An estimate of H is =71+/-6 km s-1 Mpc-1.


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Date Created 1 June 2000
Last Updated 11 June 2000