How does apparent magnitude compare to absolute magnitude?

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Apparent magnitude states the brightness of stars as observed from Earth, with adjustments to negate the interference of the Earth's atmosphere. Whereas Absolute magnitude refers to the brightness of stars as if they were all the similar distance from the Earth (10 parsecs), on about the same scale as the scale used for apparent magnitude. Both are specific terms that refer to the brightness of stars which are used to helps to identify the star age, brightness of a star , and distance and also instrumental in defining the story of a star.
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