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comment Are ascending node of sun, the point of intersection of prime meridian and equator and center of earth all collinear?
@barrycarter: In fact, I meant the momentary celestial equator for given equinox day - the moment when the point on Earth where the Sun is in zenith crosses the Earth's equator.
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comment Are ascending node of sun, the point of intersection of prime meridian and equator and center of earth all collinear?
@barrycarter: Could you explain? The celestial equator is a great circle on the imaginary celestial sphere, in the same plane as the Earth's equator. That seems to imply they are always in sync, since one is defined by the other. Did you mean the ecliptic plane? In that case, it intersects the equator plane, and during equinoxes the intersection line happens to pass the Sun (or, if you nitpick at inexactness of the Ecliptic - the Sun passes the Earth equator plane twice a year.) At these moments Earth center, the Equator and the Sun are colinear, but the meridian is entirely random.
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answered Are ascending node of sun, the point of intersection of prime meridian and equator and center of earth all collinear?
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comment Are these facts about moon true?
@StanLiou: Nevertheless, Moon doesn't reverb as if it was hollow.
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comment Are ascending node of sun, the point of intersection of prime meridian and equator and center of earth all collinear?
@SalmanAzmat: Not exactly. During either equinox there is a moment when the line between center of earth and the sun aligns with the equator (as opposed to just crossing it twice daily), and if it happens the sun is in zenith above prime meridian at that moment, your conditions will be satisfied. But depending on precision you allow, that may be a very short time window. It's all about how precisely you want that to be. Each equinox the line crosses the prime meridian within about 0.25 degree of latitude, or about 27 kilometers from equator. Some years it's less, some - more.
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answered Are these facts about moon true?
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comment Do moons have moons?
Well, 'boulders up to several decimeters in size' within Rhea's ring aren't exactly 'moons' but I wouldn't hesitate to call them 'natural satellites', so, yes, this is clearly a case of a planet's satellite with own natural satellites.
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comment What limits the usable focal length of telescopes currently?
I wonder, radio waves, optical waves, that's all electromagnetic radiation, just different wavelengths. What's with optical waves that prevents radio waves tech to be adapted to that spectrum?
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accepted What limits the usable focal length of telescopes currently?
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accepted When did the Moon stop?
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comment Why are most lunar maria on the visible side?
while Earth itself may obscure 4 degrees of Lunar sky, its gravitational field covers substantially more.
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accepted Why are most lunar maria on the visible side?
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comment When did the Moon stop?
"Earth may have accelerated impactors by gravity assist." - Yes, like the one that created Tycho. Fewer - but stronger.
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comment Do meteorites streak across the sky in the same direction?
If the point they "come from" happens to be near the horizon, it may appear as if they are all going in one direction - from direction of that point (as all the others simply vanish below the horizon before you could see them).
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