Definition Of Luminous Objects

Definition Of Luminous Objects

Objects which emit light on their own are known as luminous objects."

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Luminous objects are responsible for our vision.
In complete darkness we cannot see/distinguish the different objects around us.
Human eye perceives the light reflecting from different objects to cause the sensation of vision.
In order to reflect (bounce back, come back) from different objects, we must make the light to fall on the objects.
Light is generated/emitted/produced/comes from only luminous objects. Thus luminous objects are responsible for our vision.
Example - Example: Lighted candle, torch bulb, the sun and stars.
In order to emit light, the object must have its own source of energy. A torch shines because of the chemical energy stored in its batteries, whereas all stars shine using energy created by nuclear fusion
Sun also emits light as a result of fusion of Hydrogen atoms. Hence they are considered as Luminous objects.

Worked Example:

Which of the given objects is a luminous object?

A. Moon
B. Gold
C. Earth
D. Candle.
Correct answer is D


Step 1: Moon reflects the sun light hence it is Non-luminous object.
Step 2: Metals only reflect the light which falls on them.
Step 3: Earth will not produce light.
Step 4: Candle burns and emits light on its own, hence candle is the luminous object.

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