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Hi everyone Use this topic for posts about ongoing/upcoming stargazing events (e.g., comets, eclipses,...
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We often have questions about what telescope an aspiring amateur astronomer should buy. The "correct" answer can be...
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Use this topic to post links to helpful/informative websites about astronomy & cosmology.
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Hellfire requested that I post a list of classic papers that one could use for reference when trying to understand the...
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We have a good handle on what other galaxies look like, given that we're looking at them from a distance. But when I...
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guys and gals if you haven't seen this video of solar flare yet, then hold onto your seats!! make sure you view it...
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I'm trying to get a basic understanding of Earth's origins in order to teach an advanced oceanography course to high...
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The heliocentric model marked the beginning of modern astronomy. But what were the reasons which led Copernicus to...
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A simple question. I might ask this as well: Is the universe causal? The reason I'm asking this is that today I've...
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Your conjectures are greatly appreciated. ...
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The Andromeda galaxy is hurtling towards us at 250,000 mph, in relation to what? Speed here on earth is generally...
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I'm trying to get a basic understanding of Earth's origins in order to teach an advanced oceanography course to high...
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Why do many claim the universe as a cold place? If it is the natural phenomena then how does formation of stars take...
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The following article contains several NASA photographs of light apparently emanating outward from the surface of Mars...
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On an intuitive level, Why do stars show absorption lines? For example, the 121.6nm photon is produced when an...
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all stars die... this is a given... will we be advanced enough to accurately predict the death of our sun to a...
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I came across the following claim: Observable Universe Volume ~ 4.077 10^32 cubic light-years Whole Finite...
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I'd like to know how much of the visible universe we've physically explored. Either with space probes, rovers or in...
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Hi everyone, I want to discuss the following question: What would happen to the distance between two objects...
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Gas from another galaxy is hitting our own, triggering the birth of bright new stars and adding fresh luster to the...
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Hello, I was just curious why do all of the planets in the solar system orbit in approximately the same plane? Why...
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What is the lower mass limit for a body to have rings? I'm thinking that Chariklo, at 155 miles in diameter is...
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I read a post here on PF about angular diameter, I *THINK* I...
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Would you expect to find stars being made more easily in a cool, high-dense nebula or conversely a hot, high-dense...
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Hello, I'm just doing some research on how life on Earth started (for my own reasons) and I seen that a theory was we...
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Hey, does anyone know what software is used on the astrophysics videos made by NASA? Or similar modeling software...
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My Son is in 5th Grade and currently his class is studying the solar system. he wanted to know why only Gas giants...
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I realize that some people may still be sensitive concerning Pluto's declassification as a "planet" by the IAU. ...
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Hey everyone. My name is Ryan, I am a filmmaker and am not trained in science past high school. I am making a...
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What are the future space missions that you're excited about? (sorry if this thread exists already). I can't wait...
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Hello, I am working in an experiment proposal for a contest at CERN, and I need reliable data about the Polar Aurora....
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Thank you for anything you can offer. We've got a plasma globe which we can tie in to talking about solar and...
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The Open Astronomy Journal, published as part of Bentham OPEN. From the website:
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For example, can spectroscopy replace measurements of stars made by parallax? And ultimately can Hubble's law...
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i did a search for juno flyby here and did not find anything, hence this post: i've not been able to find any info...
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hi all just got back from a trip to New Zealand. Whilst at Christchurch City Airport, I was pleased to snap a few...
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Hi. thanks for the pretty place. i want to ask: can atoms move from place to place without passing the space...
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What are the differences between these telescopes and which telescope will do more for our understanding of the...
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I was wondering about how much of the night sky one could see from various locations on the Earth. At any one time,...
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Hi! first of all i want to apologize if i have any grammar mistake (english is not my native language). I really...
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Found: The Fastest-Approaching Object in the Universe by Dr. Ken Croswell Most of the universe is rushing away...
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How likely is it that Europa has life under its icy surface IF there is a liquid ocean. Would the ocean on Europa be...
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