Wien's Law for several wavelengths

Caveats and disclaimers: Technically, Wien's law applies to only thermally-emitted radiation (also referred to as a blackbody). Not every astrophysical process emits light like this - many other processes give rise to light emission, and those processes mean that the emitting matter is not necessarily (often not at all) at the temperatures suggested here. But this is a rule of thumb, and is good enough for wrapping your brain around the variety of kinds of light there are in the Universe.

Wien's law : temperature in K = 2.9x10^6 / wavelength in nm
Simple unit conversion yields: temperature in K = 2900 / wavelength in microns

2 nm 1.5 x 10^6 K = 1,500,000 Kx-rays
200 nm 14,500 Kultraviolet
500 nm 5800 Kvisible
1600 nm 1800 Knear-ir
100,000 nm 29 Kfar-ir
3.6 um 805 K IRAC band 1
4.5 um 644 K IRAC band 2
5.8 um 500 K IRAC band 3
8.0 um 363 K IRAC band 4
24 um 121 K MIPS band 1
70 um 41 K MIPS band 2
160 um 18 K MIPS band 3

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Last substantially modified 9 Feb 04 by rebull
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