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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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I'm looking for a more or less definitive answer for the earliest time when rocky planets could form. I saw one...
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Can we see if a planet is inhabited 1 million lightyears away (presently)? No, correct? We we actually be seeing...
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Check out the University of Arizona's Huygen's Titan Descent Movie Garth
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This video] explains the mechanism behind aurorae, but i need some...
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I have heard people say there is no center to the expansion of the universe. I have also heard the expansion...
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First post...Hi everyone. Now that the Chelyabinsk meteor has been determined to be 700,000 tons and 56 feet in...
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It is thought that the universe is roughly 14 billion years old (soon) and that all matter came from a singularity...
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Hey all, I haven't been alive for that long, so I guess my data probably isn't as good as it should be, but in my...
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In my astronomy lab we (part A) calculated how many arc seconds a super nova remnant had expanded from 1942 to 1976,...
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Hi, I was just wondering, why are we only looking for massive compact HALO objects? Can there not be such objects...
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Hello. In my book with examples of astronomy, I found this: Calculate, around which the known celestial bodies in...
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What do you think is the best type to find planets in the habitabel zone? What do you think of the suggetsion of white...
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How high is usually the probe above the surface of the cosmic body? It would be best if it was specifically the...
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I have this question posed in my astronomy class; where do sub-storms originate in the Earth's magnetosphere? My...
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Hi I read up on astronomy for fun and I find the cosmos very fascinating my question is what determines the...
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This not only goes for water, but any hot, melted substance suddenly exposed to the near vacuum of space. For...
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Lets say Earth as a moon of a gas giant. Lets say it orbited the gas giant the size of Saturn every 24 hours. I...
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Hey, I'm trying to start learning about astronomy with my brother's old telescope and I need a little help in getting...
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My wife, myself and another viewer were watching the Geminid meteor shower at about 2:00 AM on 23 December, 2012. Most...
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Hi!! I am not much of astrophysicist or something but read something about Black hole information paradox in a...
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From what i understand Io is extreamly active on geologically. So does it also produce plate tectonics?
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Hi. I have been researching the Earth-Sun analemma and I found this document about deriving the Earth-Sun analemma...
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Good Day Everyone, I am trying to find out the rates at which the inclinations of the Solar System's planets...
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Hi, Iam thinking of making my own telescope and I have a magnifying glass lens, biconvex, about 10 cm in diameter and...
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Hi, I'm 16 years old and I really want to win my national science fair. I'm fascinated by all things space and I...
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In Cosmology books and tv programs it is mentioned the galaxies are accelerating and running away from us. My question...
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I figured out the answer to the question in the title. The seasons are due to the earths north to south axis facing...
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Is it possible to use celestial coordinates which were taken 50 years ago? What kind of inaccuracy can we expect (give...
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If the sun is as hot and dangerous as we assume it is, then why does the planet Mercury still exist? Should it not...
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Hi Guys, This may seem like a stupid question but if the Earth gets hotter the closer to the core you get, then why...
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Probably dumb question. I am trying to understand why the change in day length from day to day is greatest at the...
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Hi there. Just been reading about Voyager 1 and it's current progress. Wow. Totally incredible. I mean this is...
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Hello, I have a little three-body (well n-body but let's just worry about 3 now) simulator. I input six Keplerian...
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Hi all! I didn't know where to put this topic but since I thought it's general for all planets and gravitational...
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I learnt on the textbook that human calculated the orbital of planets that near the Earth first then based on the...
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Well, how big things can exist unseen? We did see Pluto - but very importantly managed to not see Eris till very...
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This may be (probably is) a stupid question but in a popular current story in astronomical news, scientists have put...
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Hello all, I'm doing an extended project on "the future of radio astronomy". And I would like to know people's...
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