continuous spectrum



  • Spectrum seen as a band of light of differing wavelengths against which dark absorption lines are seen. Stars exhibiting a continuous spectrum are those, like the Sun, where we observe mainly the surface of the star rather than its atmosphere, with the absorption lines providing information about the atoms present in the atmosphere rather than the surface.


  • A spectrum of frequencies which is uninterrupted, as opposed to being broken up into lines and/or bands.