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How can we tell that the sun is moving with theories such as the theory of relativity?

In a nutshell, the theory of relativity says that we cannot know that the ether is moving because if we were on the sun, the earth would seem to be moving and visa-versa. Apparently, we can't find ...
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Notifier about visible ISS passes and/or Iridium flares for Ubuntu PC

I am trying to find application that would be capable of notifying me about visible ISS pases for specified location and/or visible Iridium flares for specified location. This software must be ...
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Telescope choice

Which one is better? Features: 1)Magnification: 18x - 90x Eyepiece Diameter: 5mm (18x), 10mm (60x) Objective Diameter: 50mm Focal Length: 36cm Tripod Height: 38cm Main tube Color: Silver Net ...
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What star system/Galaxy did LIGO observe the gravity wave?

Are there any coordinates for the Black Hole system, or galaxy for which the LIGO observations, observed the gravity wave? Any coordinates of the black hole system for which the gravity wave signal ...
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Which of Jupiter's moons did I most likely see?

I was gazing through my binoculars at Jupiter last night and noticed 3 (maybe 4) tiny dots in line with it. A first I thought they might have been background stars but quickly realised their colour ...
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How to calculate B-V colour index value percentage difference

I need to calculate a percentage difference of a B-V colour index between its estimated and actual value. So I tried doing this by difference between values/actual value x 100. However as B-V values ...
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Why do we need the “mean” in mean free path?

I was introduced to mean free path in my astro physics class, and the professor posts a question for us to ponder: "Why do we need the "mean" in mean free path?" This further makes me to wonder what ...
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Why do comets appear to have a continuous supply of dust?

Comets orbiting the sun have a tail that points away from the Sun, due to the solar wind. (Strictly speaking, a comet can have both a type I tail - ion tail, and a type II tail - a dust tail. This ...
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Moon SHAPE calculator

I have seen a lot of information about moon phase calculation, but need an accurate moon shape calculator/algorithm given the observer's position and time. This implies that the illuminated portion ...
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Is dark matter influenced by gravity of baryonic matter?

As far as I know galaxies and clusters form along so-called "galactic filaments" which are influenced by a dark matter web that organises them in to this position in the universe. So it looks like ...
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How do we know galaxy GN-z11 is as far away as it is?

The news media recently reported that galaxy GN-z11, formed just 400 million years after the big bang, is much further away than originally thought at perhaps 13.2 billion light years. They say, ...
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K-Pg asteroid impact

Is it possible to determine what daytime the Chicxulub impactor striked the Earth 66 mya? Was it day or night, what was the current phase of the Moon etc.? Can sediments, rhytmites or something else ...
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Convergence of galaxies [duplicate]

What would happen to Earth and other planets after about millions of years at the time of convergence of milky way galaxy with andromeda galaxy? (Supposing the planets and the sun are still there and ...
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Infrared Region Telescopes

Why do we need to build telescopes that can view in the infrared? What exactly do we need to see in the infrared region? I know this seems like a really broad question but I'm just curious about it.
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Color of planets

I am developing an astronomy software and need to know the color of each planet in the Solar System, when observed with the naked eye. I cannot find that information after googling for a while. Is ...
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How do solar winds affect the atmospheric composition and density of planets?

Here is a bit of a newbie question, if you please. The sun is constantly ejecting small particles via solar winds that come into contact with planets and other objects in our solar system. Do these ...
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Regarding the age / size of the Universe [duplicate]

I believe the current estimated age of the Universe is around 14 billion years. I just read in another post on here that the diameter of the Universe is around 90 billion light years. This doesn't ...
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Discovery in Astronomy vs one in Physics - do they differ in required burden of evidence?

Discovery in Astronomy/Astrophysics (of astronomical objects) vs discovery of physical phenomena in experimental Physics (as such) - do they differ in required burden of evidence (with the notion, ...
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What would the Sun be like if nuclear reactions could not proceed via quantum tunneling?

Without quantum tunneling our Sun wouldn't be hot or massive enough to produce the energy it does at the moment. So what would have been the temperature or mass of our Sun without quantum tunneling of ...
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Power of the James Webb Space Telescope [duplicate]

I have heard that the JWST will be capable of looking at the early stages of the universe. However I have also heard that it won't be capable of detecting the Oort Cloud that supposedly provides ...
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Has THC been detected in space?

I was wondering if and how astronomers have/had detected the molecule Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), commonly known for it's effects in marijuana, in space. I had previously seen a hoax regarding the ...
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Is it true that the sun goes down to the west?

I know the sun doesn't go down but we are moving and is it true that the sun goes down to the west? I've read on many webpages that this is not entirely true.
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3000th Question: What does the future of astronomy look like with the next generation of telescopes? [closed]

What will the benefits and advantages be of the upcoming generation of telescopes such as LSST, E-ELT and JWST? And more broadly where will this leave astronomy in 10-20 years time? This isn't a ...
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What happens outside of the universe? [duplicate]

Since the universe is always expanding, that means there's an edge right? So what are some theories for outside of that growing edge.
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Buying telescope online [duplicate]

I'm trying to buy a telescope online but I'm afraid of scams. What is the minimum magnification required to view celestial objects like the rings of Saturn or the asteroid belt? Here are the details ...
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1answer
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How could we tell if the Universe is infinite? [duplicate]

I've heard from a number of people that the Universe is infinite, and from my perspective, I can't see how this can actually be known, especially given that the Universe started out a finite size and ...
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How does the concept of a universe with no center work?

I understand basically that the universe is homogenous (looks the same from every point) and I was told in my astro class that it's supposed to have no center, but how that works boggles my mind. I ...
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What measures are currently in place to detect asteroids on possible collision courses with earth?

I know some measures must exist, but I have no idea what the programs are, what organizations are involved, or how effective they are.
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Blackhole Finding Techniques

I know of two methods for finding exoplanets: the transit method and the radial velocity method. These two methods work as follows: Transit: we observe stars and watch for when a planet obstructs ...
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Who gets to name Planet Nine if it is confirmed?

According to Wikipedia, "On 20 January 2016, researchers Konstantin Batygin and Michael E. Brown at Caltech announced calculation-based evidence of a massive ninth planet in the Solar System." If ...
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Fortran Fits writer/reader

I recently inherited some Fortran 77 code that calls the IMFORT interface to write data out to an imh and pix files. I could not get this to compile on a modern compiler and it is not supported. So I ...
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What are the dimensions of LIGO Detector evacuated chambers?

The LIGO complex is very large, but I assume that there is a very small chamber that actually does the science since they are measuring very small sheers. How big around is the actual evacuated ...
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Would it be possible to equip an asteroid to collect space junk in Earth's orbit? [closed]

We all have heard about the problem with space junk in low earth orbit. NASA has a plan to put an asteroid in orbit around the moon. Would it be possible to equip propulsion systems onto an asteroid ...
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When black holes such as those detected by LIGO merge, in what ways does the Schwarzschild Radius warp?

I was reading the paper about LIGO's detection of gravitational waves, and I wanted to know what the Schwarzschild Radius did. For example, I feel like the simulation here is oversimplified, and that ...
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Do star remnants actually burn?

As we know, some stars can fuse heavy elements to produce carbon and oxygen after using up hydrogen if they are massive, and the remnant of stars are usually hot, my question is, if a star fuse to ...
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What is the longest observable wavelength of light using an optical telescope?

How far outside the visible spectrum could an optical telescope feasibly operate?
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What planets and moons have we seeded with life (if any)?

Which planets and moons have we accidentally (or purposely) seeded with life? I would expect this to be any planet or moon we have sent an unsterilized (or not fully sterilized) lander to, or crashed ...
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Eclipse Cycle Calculations Needed

I am writing a work of fiction about a world where: The length of a year is 335 days. The world has two Moons. Moon A is Larger and further away with a 78 day lunar orbit. Moon B is smaller and ...
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1answer
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Local Standard Time Meridian - LSTM (Units)

I was just wondering what units I could scale down to (or or shouldn't) for working out values like Local Solar Times, or Local Time etc... From the papers I'm looking at, I can't see any mention of ...
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Dish antenna as parabolic mirror for OPTICAL telescope?

Can i use a chrome painted dish tv antenna as a parabolic reflector for my Optical telescope ? Given that glass mirrors are quite expensive, i am thinking of using a Dish TV antenna and coating its ...
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Is it practical to hand grind a convex parabolic or hyperbolic mirror?

I know it's practical to hand grind a convex spherical mirror and that it's practical to make a concave parabolic mirror from a spherical one. But as I understand it, the procedure for doing so depend ...
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How can a supernova cause a gravitational wave?

With the recent results of LIGO, I read a lot how limited the detection capabilities where and how one could only expect to measure the most extreme events like black hole mergers and supernovae. I ...
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Is it safe to watch solar eclipse's reflection in water?

There will be a solar eclipse soon at my area... naturally I want to watch this with my son. Is it safe for us to watch the solar eclipse's reflection in the water? There is a swimming pool near my ...
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Can there be life in black hole? [closed]

Can there be life inside a black hole is it possible that we are living inside a massive black hole right now? This is because i see no reason why we cant be inside a super massive black hole the only ...
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Oxygen in a methane atmosphere akin to methane in oxygen atmosphere?

If we assume a planet the size of Earth with an equally dense atmosphere of nitrogen and methane, rather than oxygen, and it's in the goldilocks zone. Would a hypothetical alien species be able to use ...
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Does planets revolves around all the 88 constellations? [closed]

I am a beginner / novice and I have got very little knowledge about astronomy Please tell me whether 'Planets' revolves around all the 80+ constellations or not
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What are gravitational waves actually? [duplicate]

I read about the LIGo experiment recently, but i didn't understand their significance. Although, it's clear to me that the gravitational waves do exist and are caused by large accelerating bodies in ...
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1answer
53 views

Can visible wavelength spectroscopy study an exoplanet's chemical composition directly?

I know spectroscopy of light in visible wavelengths is very effective for studying and determining the chemical composition of bodies within the solar system and bright objects outside of it. However, ...
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2answers
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Would humans hear gravity waves from a binary BH fusion nearby?

The frequency of the gravity waves detected by aLIGO recently were in the audible sound spectra. Actually spanning over half of the keys of a piano, I've been told, during 2/10 or so seconds. Would a ...
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Physical laws in other universes

In the theory of multi-verses, we can imagine countless other universes where the constants of nature, including the amount of dark energy in a volume of space and possibly even shapes of hidden ...

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