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Earth receives solar power at a rate of $\;8.2 Jcm^{-2}min^{-1}\;$ . Assuming that sun behaves like blackbody & the angle it substends on earth is $\;0.50^{0}\;$ , calculate its surface temperature - $\;(T=6 \times 10^{-8} W m^{-2}K^{-4})$


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Answer : $5880K$
Explanation :
$\large\frac{D}{R} $$\approx 0.5^{0} = 8.72 \times 10^{-3}$
Radiation emitted by sum ( per time unit)= $\;4 \pi (\large\frac{1}{2})$$^2 \sigma T^{4}$
$=\sigma \pi D^{2} T^{4}$
Radiation received by earth per unit area per unit time = $\;\large\frac{\sigma \pi D^{2} T^{4}}{4 \pi R^2}$
$\large\frac{\sigma T^{4}}{4}\;(\large\frac{D}{R})^2=\large\frac{6 \times 10^{-8} \times T^{4}}{4} $$\times (8.72 \times 10^{-3})^2$
$=\large\frac{8.2 \times 10^{4}}{60}$$m^{-2}s^{-1}$
$\large\frac{8.2 \times 10^{4}}{60}=\large\frac{6 \times 10^{-8}}{4} $$\times (8.72)^2 \times 10^{-6} \times T^{4}$
$T=5883 .5 K$
answered Mar 13, 2014 by yamini.v
edited Mar 25, 2014 by balaji.thirumalai

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