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Dec
15
answered What are some night sky objects I could see with my Celestron UpClose 20x50 Porro Binocular?
Dec
10
comment Coordinate transformations between reference frames in spherical astronomy
I am rather sure now. Please correct me if I'm wrong -- edited the answer accordingly.
Dec
10
comment Coordinate transformations between reference frames in spherical astronomy
Reading this, I am not quite sure if maybe the $r'$ needs to be multiplied instead, since it represents a scaling...
Dec
10
answered Coordinate transformations between reference frames in spherical astronomy
Nov
22
comment Will Neptune be visible with the naked eye if I am standing on its satellite
If my estimates are roughly correct, you will see it in color. $10^2cd/m^2$ are, as I said, in the range of photopic (color) vision of humans.
Nov
21
comment What is the distance that the Moon travels during one orbit around the Earth?
@leonardvertighel ok, so orbits are linear and/or additive? I was wondering that. I thought it might be a bit more complicated, since orbits are a function of time, and the orbits are not simple, linear functions.
Nov
20
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Nov
20
answered Will Neptune be visible with the naked eye if I am standing on its satellite
Nov
20
comment What is the distance that the Moon travels during one orbit around the Earth?
Good point! Though I still don't quite know how to calculate it. :)
Nov
20
comment What is the distance that the Moon travels during one orbit around the Earth?
Yes, I thought of a similar thing. Wikipedia states that the orbit of the Moon around the Sun is convex however, since the Sun's influence is much greater than the Earth's influence. So I don't know if a helix would be a good approximation... Maybe for the Sun/Jupiter/Ganymede system...?
Nov
20
comment What is the distance that the Moon travels during one orbit around the Earth?
What if you want to know the motion of the moon around the sun? How would you compute that?
Nov
20
comment What is the distance that the Moon travels during one orbit around the Earth?
Amazing, how close this answer is to the other one, although you did quite a few approximations!
Nov
19
comment How are the newly discovered Janus/Epimetheus rings different from the other rings of Saturn?
What's the structure like?
Nov
19
accepted How does a Bahtinov mask work?
Nov
19
comment How does a Bahtinov mask work?
If you could add a bit from the linked articles, I would accept your answer: "Always quote the most relevant part of an important link, in case the target site is unreachable or goes permanently offline."
Nov
18
asked How does a Bahtinov mask work?
Nov
18
comment How can we be sure that we have identified very distant stars correctly?
Interesting. So basically we are mostly stuck with parallax measurements in our own galaxy?
Nov
17
comment How can we be sure that we have identified very distant stars correctly?
I would say that the redshift in the spectrum plays a big role. The absorption lines are kind of like a fingerprint for the elements in the star. If those are shifted, we can calculate the redshift, and hence the distance.
Nov
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