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There are several published star catalogs that list right ascensions for stars, along with a lot of other almanac-type data. Wikipedia's a good resource for common stars (e.g. Polaris). Right ascensions change over time, as stars move through space. Star catalogs will have a year associated with them, which is the year that the measurement was taken.


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(I'd make this a comment, but no reputation yet.) Minute Physics has a good video on this! Filtering light through any lens causes spikes that identify what kind of aperture was used. That looks like a Hubble picture because of the diamond spikes.


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They are called diffraction spikes, and they're artifacts from a supporting structure inside a reflector-type telescope.


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It really depends what you mean by "rock". At the temperatures and pressures at the cores of stars (and at which nuclear fusion reactions are possible), "rocks" as I suspect you are thinking of, do not exist. Thermonuclear reactions do not occur because the gas is "flammable", they occur because the kinetic energies of the nuclei in the gas (at these ...


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Mu Sagittarii is a star system, not a single star. If that can be included, then Eta Carinae should be included, and it has an absolute magnitude of -12.0. It's a star system about 7,500 light-years from Earth. It looks like the brightest (absolute magnitude) single star visible to the unaided eye is WR 24 (in Carina Nebula). Its absolute magnitude is −11.1 ...


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No. The sun does not revolve around another big star. It revolves around the center of our galaxy along with the whole solar system, including comets, asteroids, and a large amount of other stars and stellar systems. As per some theories, however, at the center of our Milky Way galaxy lies a Super Massive black hole, which was essentially once a huge ...


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The stars in the Galactic bulge are predominantly metal-rich (by that I mean have a metallicity similar to the Sun or even a little higher). Even though these stars are predominantly old, the bulge is thought to have formed extremely quickly and the interstellar medium from which the stars were formed would have been enriched with metals very quickly. Here ...


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This is known as spectroscopy. Every molecule and atom in the universe emits and absorbs light at specific frequencies. This is a result of the quantization of the energy levels (for electrons) in an atom. Although there are lots of complicating factors, such as redshift, to account for, the patterns are usually so distinctive that the complications can ...



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