# All Questions

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### Determining North-South Line Via Watch Method: Theory & Reason

I recently read that if you're in the northern hemisphere and have an analog watch, then you can point the hour hand at the sun and know that a south line lies between (bisection) the hour hand and ...
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### When a neutron star accretes matter, will its mass increase?

When a nova gets matter, the outcome is that it may lose more matter because of eruptions. Only some kind of nova's masses can increase stably. A white dwarf may become a supernova after it exceeds ...
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### What are iron stars?

I have a question about iron stars. I was fascinated about the theory about the inability of protons to decay, and it led me to a point where I read something about some special kind of star called an ...
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### Spicules vs Prominences/filaments

What is the difference between spicules and prominences/filaments. I know that they are both in the chromosphere, and I know the difference between provinces and filaments (depends on the view), but ...
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### Astrophotography - Unable to achieve focus with current setup

I am new to astrophotography and am looking for guidance. I have the following equipment: Orion StarBlast 9814 4.5" Altazimuth Reflector Tabletop telescope 1.25in Telescope Adapter Extension Tube T ...
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### Roll, Pitch and Yaw of Orbital Planes

I have been reading about celestial mechanics and particularly about planetary orbits. I understand that a planet's orbit can be tilted (pitched) with respect to the Earth's ecliptic and that it might ...
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### Finding the suns position in the sky anywhere at any time

What am I looking for? from any point Latitude, Longitude and date D I want to know where the sun is in the sky at any given time anywhere on our planet. I even don't know what the outcome will be ...
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### Why does Mercury have some cold temperatures? [on hold]

We all know Mercury is very close to the Sun, so why does Mercury have some cold temperatures? In contrast, the chilly night side can get as cold as minus 279 F (minus 173 C). From here.
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### Were parts of the Universe deflating during Inflation?

I was reading about the history of the early universe in Carroll & Ostlie and specifically looking at Inflation, which, as I understand, occurred because our [observable] part of the universe ...
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### Real-time position of a distant celestial body

How might it be possible to determine (via some specific online empemeris or via some well-understood algorithm) the observed position of some distant celestial body (e.g. Betelgeuse)? To be ...
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### What if the earth stopped rotating and revolving at the same time?

What will happen to us are we going to move in a tangential direction with earth axis of rotation ?
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### Is the speed of a black holes gravity faster than light?

If light cannot escape a black hole because of it immense gravitational pull, wouldn't that mean that everything that the black hole consumes be sucked in faster than light?
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### What is a Seyfert galaxy?

I know Seyfert galaxies are types of active galaxies, but I do not understand what separates them from other types of active galaxies. Are they brighter/not as bright as other types of active ...
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### What causes the aurora of other planets to have different colors?

All I could come up with is it depends on the atmospheric composition of the planet as they will interact with the charged solar particles which might be true but is there is there a definite reason ...
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### stellar metallicity

I saw a talk recently mentioning that another factor that may determine a star's metallicity (besides age) may be how far from the center of its "birth cluster" it is when the short lived hot central ...
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### Can the Sun become a big ball of gold atoms?

The atoms inside the core of sun are continuously fusing and forming other atoms. Can this continuous fusing make gold atoms?
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### The dark side of the moon [duplicate]

I encountered this statement that the dark side of the moon is hidden from our sights. Could someone please explain?
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### Do most planetary systems have fewer planets than the solar system?

It is my impression that most planetary systems have, at most, three to four planets. Is that real? Or is it just that we lack the ability to detect most planets?
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### Sun's apparent motion above the arctic circle during summer solstice

I'm having difficulty with an apparent contradiction about the sun's motion during the summer solstice above the arctic circle. The YouTube video The North Pole Entire Summer of never ending sun ...
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### International Space Station

Recently, I have been going out to observe the ISS when it is within sight of my location. I have noticed that the ISS, based on the time that I have to observe the space station during any given ...
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### Can things move faster than light inside the event horizon of a black hole?

Black Holes are regions of space where things get weird [Citation Needed]. Past the event horizon of a black hole, any moving particle instantaneously experiences a gravitational acceleration towards ...
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### Is the Astronomy community still concerned about the lumpyness of matter distribution in the universe?

A decade or so ago, when I was still a science undergrad, one of the open questions in astrophysics was to explain the uneven distribution of galaxies in the observable universe. That is, why did the ...
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### Is it possible to witness a star's death?

Given that the stars' distances to Earth are measured in light-years (for example, Sirius is 8.6 light-years away from Earth), what we are seeing as Sirius now is actually its state 8.6 years ago, ...
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### Why are there no Oe or Ae stars?

The unique characteristics of Be stars are mainly because of their circumstellar discs. I wonder what makes Be stars special that only they have unique characteristics? Which kind of stars have discs ...
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### Road map for a faster spaceship [on hold]

New Horizons, speediest yet, is currently running at about 15 km/sec relative to the sun. What is the roadmap for future ? How is it possible to reach much faster speeds ?
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### Does tidal heating imply orbit degradation?

What compensate the energy loss in tidal heating? Is it orbital decay?
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### Simulating location of the moon

I'm researching high altitude photography and want to know a schedule for taking pictures of the moon. Preferably I want a picture of the (full) moon on the horizon. How would I go about scheduling ...
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### If the Sun became a black hole, would it swallow our entire Solar system?

If the Sun became a black hole, would it destroy all the planets?
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### Stellar velocity dispersion (bulge)

Can I calculate the stellar velocity dispersion from the modified Hubble law? Actually I have seen that there is formula \text{Velocity Dispersion}^2 \equiv \frac{\int (\sigma^2 + V^2) I ...
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### How long will it take to reach the closest earth like planet

Using the engines today how long will take humanity to reach earth like planets?
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### IAU Dwarf planet definition Point 2.b - is not a satellite

I am a bit confused with point 2.d of the IAU's resolution on dwarf planets. (2) A "dwarf planet" is a celestial body that (a) is in orbit around the Sun (b) has sufficient mass for its ...
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### What is the largest possible size for a brown dwarf?

What is the largest possible size for a brown dwarf before it has enough mass, capable of sustained fusion, thus becoming a star?
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### Star like light moving in the sky, what could it be?

I was camping this weekend away from the city, so my friends and I decided to spend one of the nights watching the sky, since it's impossible to see anything around where we live. After a little ...
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### Why are there no more images revealed by New Horizon?

Since a few days after the flyby there are no more images published on the NASA page. Why is NASA waiting to publish any more images for some reason? Or is there something happened to New Horizon?
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### how to assess a periodical signal?

After folding a light curve, we may get some kind of shape. How to tell whether there is a real periodical signal quantifiably? The fluctuation may be small, and the folded shape may not be perfect. ...
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### How is a non-rotating black hole created

How are non-rotating black holes formed? I guess that non-rotating black holes are formed from non-rotating stars but I couldn't find any proof that such a star exists on the internet. If this is ...
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### What is the highest recorded temperature in space

What is the highest recorded temperature in space? I'm not asking about Planck temperature that is a fraction of a second before the Big Bang. I'm asking about the temperature that has been recorded ...
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### What is faster than a supernova explosion?

Is a supernova explosion really fast or is it just fast, metaphorically speaking? Can you cite the fastest known phenomenon in astronomy (neutron stars, pulsars) besides supernovae in terms of ...
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### Can the explosion of a supernova destroy the Earth? [duplicate]

If there anywhere in near space a supernova that can destroy Earth? Not by the gamma-ray, but literally by supernova explosion itself?
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### Stellarium 0.10.4: planet orbits change over time?

If I draw the orbit of Mars in stellarium 0.10.4 for 23 Sep 2015, it passes south of Chi Leonis: If I advance the date to 17 Oct 2015, however, the orbit of Mars correctly goes right through Chi ...
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### Can I measure the moon's gravity?

Since I learned about Newton's gravity law, I wonder if I can measure the moon's gravity using (almost) no special equipment. The best I could come up with is a pendulum, which is in a resting ...
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### how many bodies can i see by 90x telescope

I am a 9th class student so Im a begginer of telescope hence please help me. Please answer my following question. How many bodies can I see by 90x telescope? 2) How will I know that when and where I ...
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### L4 and L5 stability

For what I know, L4 and L5 are high points. Although, they are stable points. Why? I thought it was the same being a high point and being a unstable point. If I'm off-topic, please let me know where ...
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### How is the heat production inside moons compliant with Conservation of Energy?

A Nova episode said that during stages of some moons' elliptical orbits, the moon is stretched, and friction causes the inside of the moon to heat up. I do not understand how this is compliant with ...
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### Which force makes planets to continuously revolve around their parent star?

We know that planets revolve around their parent star (or specifically Barycenter), they maintain a specific speed of revolution so that they don't end up smashing into their planet star. Which force ...
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### What if our galaxy didn't have a SMBH?

From my understanding, it is believed that almost every big galaxy and especially spiral galaxies have supermassive black holes (SMBH's) at the center. Also, from what I've read, a SMBH isn't required ...

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