Time scale

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A time scale specifies divisions of time.

  • In astronomy and astrophysics:
    • Dynamical time scale either (in stellar physics) measures the length of time over which changes in one part of a body can be communicated to the rest of that body, or (in celestial mechanics) is a realization of a time-like argument based on a dynamical theory
    • Nuclear time scale, estimates the lifetime of a star based solely on its rate of fuel consumption
    • Thermal time scale, estimates the lifetime of a star once its fuel reserves at its center are used up or if they were to disappear