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Questions tagged [astrophysics]

Questions involving the physics of the universe, especially the nature of astronomical objects, energy fields, and/or regions, rather than their positions or motions in space.

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What was the length of the solar day 73 million years ago?

How could this be estimated, or how accurately could it be extrapolated from a present-day measurement of the Earth's spin-down rate?
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Viable near term faster than light technologies [closed]

I am asking this question to simply see what possibilities that are out there for faster than light travel for our hopefully soon interstellar civilization. Everything is fair game but I personally ...
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Is there a limit to how fast spacetime can bend/warp around an accelerating object?

If in the future a spaceship can accelerate to nearly the speed of light, will it encounter any kind of resistance/drag from the spacetime in front of it not being able to bend/warp fast enough around ...
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Hypothetically, if our sun was yellow would we still see “white” colours?

Hypothetically,if our sun was yellow would we still be able to see white colour on objects like snow,cotton etc.? Would we have the phenomenon of rainbow?
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Does time dilation increase within overlapping gravitational fields?

If a spaceship was to travel to the barycenter of a binary star (the stars having identical size and mass) and come to a stop there, would the people on board this spaceship find that time is moving ...
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Why does the adiabatic exponent decrease at the ionization zones?

The context is the ionization zones in stellar atmospheres or interiors, the Sun, for instance. The adiabatic exponent is the heat capacity ratio: $$\gamma = \frac{c_P}{c_V} = \frac{C_P}{C_V}$$ And,...
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Is it possible that the Universe is expanding due to additional Big Bang events?

Is it theoretically possible that the Universe is expanding due to additional Big Bang events that have occurred at the same location that the original Big Bang occurred at? Perhaps there has been an ...
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Is there a more modern/updated paper than Hurley's 2000 SSE?

I've implemented equations from Hurley's 2000 paper on Single Stellar Evolution (SSE) to model the stages of stellar evolution without having to use the full SSE code (or MESA for that matter). Is ...
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What is the difference between wind, jet and outflow?

For jets, I found a pdf file here Jet: collimated beam of matter of high velocity sources: young stars, active galactic nuclei, $\mu$-quasars, gamma­ ray bursts, planetary nebulae, pulsars ...
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What is Propeller Effect exactly?

I find the original reference seems to be here. I still do not understand the mechanism. It is necessarily occur in neutron binaries? Anyone can introduce it in detail? This paper is old.
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What irradiance does the Moon receive during a total lunar eclipse?

As we know, the total solar irradiance normally received by the Moon is about 1361 $W/m^2$ (the same as the top of the Earth's atmosphere). Of course, this changes during lunar eclipses, but the Moon ...
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Candidate major astronomical events circa 600-541 mya?

Are there any known major events around the 50-60 million years preceding the cambrian explosion that could explain the sudden increase in biodiversity? Specifically a supernova, or active galactic ...
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How to the find radius of a galaxy given its inclination? [closed]

If the semi major and semi minor axis of a galaxy are 3" and 1" respectively, how would you find the radius of the galaxy?
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What are the procedures and protocols to use with Gauss'method and personal observations?

I would like to use the Gauss' method to determine the orbit of planets of solar system. I would like to calculate their orbits with personal observations. What is the methodology/procedure/protocol ...
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Why are gravitational perturbations stronger at larger semi-major axes?

Why are mechanisms such as the Kozai-Lidov effect more prominent at at large semi-major axes? If we had a binary system of a primary and secondary body, with the third perturber as the Sun. Why is it ...
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Why does D4000 affect stellar age?

From my understanding D4000 is a ratio between the 'flux densities between 4050 and 4250 Angstroms and that between 3750 and 3950 Angstrom', from Poggianti et al (1997). However I do not understand ...
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What are the equations governing stellar evolution (Luminosity, Mass, Temperature, Radius)

I'm looking for ('simplified') equations governing stellar evolution. Especially how mass, luminosity, temperature and radius of a star change during it's lifetime. As well as equations which tell you ...
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Will all galaxies eventually become elliptical galaxies?

According to the Wikipedia article Elliptical galaxy, elliptical galaxies have a sparse interstellar medium. I know that probably sometimes two spiral galaxies collide then exponentially approach the ...
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Black Holes and Worm Holes [closed]

Can a Black Hole enter inside a Worm hole? If yes then what will a observer observe if it present at the another side of Worm hole?
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Detect Passage of Massive Relativistic Object

I came across an interesting article that speculates that we could detect an object of significant mass ("space-ship size") moving through our galactic neighborhood at a substantial fraction of the ...
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Secondary maximum in SNIa lightcurves for near infrared

Type Ia supernovae (SNIa) are thermonuclear supernovae that generates a lot of Nickel 56 which emits photons while disintegrating. How is the secondary maximum in lightcurves for reddish bands (see ...
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Black-hole becoming a star again - follow-up question [closed]

Some questions have been posed about black holes becoming stars again once they attract enough hydrogen/atomic matter from another star. Some answers were a forceful NO. Never. However - let's ponder ...
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What explains the existence of energy/matter if it cannot be created or destroyed?

If the energy/matter that was contained in the singularity before the Big Bang had always existed, and if it’s true that energy/matter cannot be created or destroyed, then what explains its existence?
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Is there any significant time dilation on other planets orbiting the sun?

Is there significant time dilation on the other planets orbiting the sun? Would an 'hour' experienced on earth actually be 59 or 61 minutes on other planets, depending on their distance to the sun? ...
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Effects of a rogue planet passing between the Earth and the Moon?

The plot of Thundarr the Barbarian got me thinking about the science behind the passage of a runaway planet between the Earth and the Moon and its effect on the Earth and Moon themselves, as well ...
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What is the actual black hole merger speed?

I have seen models of 2 black hole mergers. https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/16/16665132/gravitational-waves-ligo-virgo-black-holes-merger-multi-messenger-astronomy When we see a space ship appear ...
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What is the fastest a galaxy or other body has been measured to (or can) travel?

Our solar system travels at an average speed of 515,000 mph and our galaxy at 1.3 million mph through space. What is the fastest moving body in space recorded and the fastest can a black hole or ...
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Fundamental axioms in LCDM

What are the axioms (if any) behind the LCDM model of cosmology? NB: axioms, not postulates (e.g., inflation)
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Will the Sun's solar wind push a permanent magnet out of our solar system?

If you were place a strong permanent magnet into the solar wind, like a 1 inch cube neodymium magnet, would the charged particles of the solar wind colliding with the magnet's magnetic field push the ...
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Would the dynamic pressure of the Sun’s solar wind be strong enough to trap plasma ions within an open container?

If you were to place a long cylinder, open at one end and closed at the other end, and position this cylinder so that the open end is facing the Sun, and then you were to inject plasma ions, such as ...
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Angular Diameter Distance

The definition of the angular diameter distance is the ratio of an object's physical transverse size to its angular size. However when I was reading my textbook, Astrophysics in a Nutshell by Dan Maoz ...
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What's the profound reason(s) why the star formation rate drives the scatter of the mass-metallicity relation in galaxies?

Since decades it's well known that a correlation between stellar mass and metallicity (Z; both stellar and gas-phase Z, but here I focus on the gas-phase Z) exists (e.g., Tremonti+04; analysis of >...
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Are large body orbits self correcting?

If a rogue planet disrupts Earth's orbit slightly to cause a long winter or summer will the Earth's orbit normalize back close its original orbit over time? Could a Planet X or some other elliptical ...
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What types of star do we know are hostile to life (like ours)?

Certainly all stars have enough energy for a planet to host life. But a more magnetically active star is not preferred because solar ejection could strip planets of their atmosphere. What's the right ...
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Why smaller black holes are considered to be more dangerous than bigger black holes?

More massive the body is more is the gravity.Still often smaller black holes are considered to be very dangerous than the bigger ones,why?
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Question on Friedman equation involving cosmological constant

This is the question: By considering both the Friedmann and acceleration equations, and assuming a pressureless Universe, demonstrate that in order to have a static Universe we must have a closed ...
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Why do neutron stars collide instead of just revolving around each other like planets revolve around the Sun?

We know about events like two neutron star colliding and resulting in a black hole, also collision of black holes, and collision of galaxies. But we never see a satellite such as a moon colliding with ...
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Account for radiation energy in the statement “total energy of universe is zero”

I've read in Hawking's book The Theory of Everything that total energy of the Universe is zero. He explained this by saying that if there are two bodies separated by a distance and having some mass, ...
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When black holes forms out of a supernova do they have a very high velocity?

When black holes forms out of a supernova do they have a very high velocity ?? Or do they remains at the position of parent star ??
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GW from merging of neutron stars and black holes

If it had been detected gravitational waves from merging of black holes (BH), and neutron stars (NS), why there are no detection of black holes merging with neutron stars? Why a BH-NS merging should ...
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Calculating obital velocity from radial velocity

I'm not really a physicist so I don't know if it's possible to get the real orbital velocity of a star from its radial velocity. I'm working on a paper for school and I want to get the mean velocity ...
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Photometric redshift

I have decided to do undergraduate thesis on "estimating photometric redshift" or something related to this using machine learning. Reading previous papers, I have come to know that work has been done ...
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How to compute the perihelion precession of Earth's orbit?

I want to simulate the perihelion precession of Earth. I tried searching other posts in stack exchange as well relating this question but may be it's my fault that I couldn't understand their answers....
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What is equation of straight line for a ideal blackbody on the color color diagram?

The color-color diagram is a plot between $U-B$ vs $B-V$ values. For a ideal blackbody, what is the equation of this line? In other words, what does the linear relation between $U-B$ and $B-V$ look ...
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Flatness of celestial systems like galaxies and Solar System [duplicate]

If we look around the cosmos, we will see most of the systems are just flat disks. Either it is solar system, galaxies, or the rings of Saturn. What is the matter, does it depend on how they were ...
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Study astrophysics [closed]

I don't know where to ask this question and I have found this site. If this is not the right place to ask it, please tell me and I will delete it. I'm a computer engineer for 20 years but my true ...
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What would happen to a polished marble statue left in space for a million years?

Consider it doesn't collide with any other objects. Would it be preserved perfectly in the vacuum or would its surface be damaged by anything like UV rays, radiation, gas, space dust, etc?
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The CNO cycle in first generation of stars

I'm an undergrad interested in astophysics and this question struck my mind: As the CNO cycle requires carbon to start, and carbon is produced by thermonuclear fusion in stars, is it fair to think ...
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Why does kerr black holes have a ring shaped singularity rather than point?

I read about ring singularity on Wikipedia and didn't quite understand the flow of liquids inside a rotating body causing a ring shaped singularity with zero thickness. Moreover is it specifically ...
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Can a star eat a black hole?

I know there are stars much larger than the sun and that we've discovered "small" black holes, so, let's say that the Pistol Star, which is at least 80x the mass of the sun, and the smallest known ...