# What is the radiant exitance?

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Radiant exitance is the amount of light, emitted by an area of surface of a radiating body. In other words, its the radiant flux on the surface that is radiating. The SI units are Watts / meter^2.

Radiant exitance is commonly used in astronomy when talking about stars. It can be determined using the Stefan-Boltzmann equation;

where

That means that one square meter of the sun is giving off as much light as about 4 million light bulbs!

If you multiply the radiant exitance by the entire surface area of the body, you can find the luminosity, or the total amount of power given off.