An emission spectrum that consists of a continuum of wavelengths.
- This light is observed only at particular wavelengths instead of a continuous spectrum.
- The photosphere, at a temperature of several thousand degrees, emits a continuous spectrum (that is, all wavelengths), just as an electric light globe does.
- This model significantly reduces the number of unknown parameters if the reflectance functions with continuous spectra are presented by only a small number of basis functions.
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