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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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Has the Penrose process ever been linked to an observed phenomenon in some way?

This answer to What defines the plane of an accretion disk around a black hole? mentions the Penrose process as a potential mechanism that could change the axis of the orbital angular momentum of an ...
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What are some good books/online resources for astronomy problem sets?

I am currently studying for the international olympiad for astronomy and astrophysics (the syllabus can be found here: https://www.ioaastrophysics.org/syllabus/). I am currently using Carroll Ostlie's ...
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Relationship between 3 quantities : Density Matter power spectrum, Density Matter angular power spectrum and Temperature angular power spectrum

I take over another post that is going to be deleted since I have none answer. Summary: I would like to go deeper in the relationship between Matter power spectrum and Angular power spectrum. From a ...
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How much more mass would Mars need to currently have enough pressure for liquid water and oxygen?

My question is whether Mars just about failed to meet the threshold or missed it by a lot. It's been dry for 3 billion years. How much bigger would it have needed to be to buy it that extra time? Let'...
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How do magnetic fields mess with astronomers' observations?

Does anyone else watch 'Dr. Becky' on YouTube? Her March 'Night Sky News' video, subtitled 'The biggest black hole burp, a wobbly Milky Way & Betelgeuse is brighter' says that... "Dust and ...
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Explanation about the resonance, mean motion resonance and libration

I am studying for a project the dynamics of multi-planetary system in resonance. I have two questions about this domain. In many articles they speak about 'mean motion resonance', what is the ...
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Cosmology : Formula for the bias of galaxies

first I have posted originally on the physics stackexchange but I have not had answers about my question, so I try my luck on this specific forum (if forums leaders want to delete the original post on ...
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Strength of core-envelope coupling in stars

For a star with a given Zero-Age Main Sequence (ZAMS) mass, as a function of metallicity how strongly is the star's core coupled to its envelope? I understand that the core-envelope boundary is only (...
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Why are CMB peak heights sensitive to the physical densities

A very simple question: why should it be that the CMB power spectrum allows constraints to be placed on the combination of parameters $$\omega_c = \Omega_c h^2$$ $$\omega_b = \Omega_b h^2$$ as opposed ...
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Superconducting space dust; what transient fields could induce persistent current loops?

Science Alert's Superconductivity Has Been Discovered in Meteorites For The First Time quotes from Superconductivity found in meteorites (Wampler et al. PNAS March 23, 2020) The paper describes the ...
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Combined mass of binary stars

This is Question 17 from USAAAO Practice Round 2015. The answer is D. It would be best if someone can detail out the workings. In a nearby star system, two stars are seen to orbit each other every ...
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Can “rock stars” form from interstellar dust?

Imagine a large and massive dust cloud made of solid phase micrometeoroids, asteroids and larger planetoids, all material in it is in solid phase, and contains no hydrogen or other volatiles in gas ...
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Total number density of galaxies and problematic expression in practise

This post comes from physics exchange forum, I have transfered it here, maybe I will be luckier since I have not received answers on the other forum. Here is the issue : I am asked to give the ...
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Why the Hubble constant is so inconsistent?

Having a look on Wikipedia I noticed the following values (of the last 6 years) for the Hubble constant: 67.6±0.7 SDSS-III Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey 73.00±1.75 Hubble Space ...
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What is the spectral power output of a typical galaxy?

I'm looking for a function which gives the typical isotropic spectral power of light emitted by an entire galaxy on the whole electromagnetic spectrum (in watts per frequency unit), as a function of ...
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Angular momentum in planetary disk formation

Reading about the formation of planetary disks, one of the major problems, it seems like, is the evacuation of angular momentum. Aparently planets can't form with the amount o angular momentum the ...
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What is the sun's maximum influence on a magnetic object?

How much magnetic repulsion could the sun's magnetic field produce on an magnetic object? Consider the object is ideal: It could be flat, to create more resistance, balanced, to stay on the opposing ...
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Anatomy of a galaxy cluster: understanding the relationship between dark matter halos and subhalos and galaxies within the clusters?

In my understanding, galaxy clusters contain dark matter halos, which in turn contain subhalos, and the subhalos are what surrounds individual galaxies. I know that is a simplified picture, but I am ...
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How thick are the intergalactic filaments?

Recently, in October, news came out about the faint intergalactic filaments finally being 'found'. Then, in June, astronomers announced that these things had enough normal matter in them to solve the '...
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How common is it for large objects (few kilometers wide) in a young protoplanetary disk or debris disk to collide with one another?

If enough time has passed for gravitational forces to allow the formation of planetesimals(proto-planets) in orbit around the proto-star, how likely is it that two of them would collide with one ...
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Spectral Energy Distribution (SED) characteristics of Disk and Elliptical Galaxies

Quick questions about the spectral energy distributions of galaxies: What characteristics do we look for in SEDs that provide information on that galaxy's morphology? For example, in spiral galaxy ...
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Force to fix $\sigma_{8}$ or $A_{s}$ for Forecasts

In the context of Forecasts with Fisher's formalism, I make vary cosmological parameters to compute the elements of the Fisher matrix. First, I generate with CAMB code a linear power spectrum. Then, ...
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Is there a way to calculate how much damage black hole merger shockwaves inflict on nearby objects?

Black hole mergers lose respective rotational energy during a merger. I understand that the energy 'emitted' is scattered as gravitational 'energy' that can henceforth be detected by gravitational ...
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What is the meaning of ellipticity of a galaxy being more than 1?

I was recently doing a project on calculating ellipticities of galaxies using SDSS data. I downloaded the stokes parameter values (q and u) from data $e = 1 - \frac{b}{a} = 1 - \frac{1 - \sqrt{Q^2 + ...
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How to write a normalized, dimensionless form of Binet's relativistic equation?

$$\frac{\delta^2 u}{\delta \theta^2} + u = \frac{\mu}{h^2} + 3 \mu u^2$$ This is Binet's relativistic equation. Here $u = 1/r$ where $r$ is the radial distance, and $\mu$ is the reduced mass of the ...
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A high-temperature isolated neutron star could be super-Eddington?

If the surface temperature of a young neutron star is hot enough, say, several KeV, its blackbody radiation could be super-Eddington? Did any paper discuss this scenario before?
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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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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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What is known about the angular momentum distribution within galaxy clusters?

I recently saw a 3D-plot of proper motions of galaxies within the Laniakea super-cluster (https://sketchfab.com/models/754cb85550fb42588175f8a215718521). Is a similar 3D map of the vector field of ...
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Question about finding energy density of a fermionic-bosonic gas

We know that energy density is given by this formula: $$u = \frac{1}{V}\int_0^\infty\epsilon_pf(\epsilon_p) g_s V/h^3 4\pi p^2 dp$$ Where $\epsilon_p=pc$ for relativistic particles. also $f(\...
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Why does the axial tilt & the rotation speed of Saturn & Jupiter vary so much?

I have seen Jupiter and its 4 largest moons in a telescope, several times. The moons are always aligned in a line. This is fine. Very interesting. But.. in case of Saturn, not only that we can see its ...
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Help With Transit Radio Telescope Data Analysis

My high school teacher and I recently built a 10 ft. mesh dish transit radio telescope. In order to compete this year at Nationals for our science fair, we came up with the idea of using a bluetooth ...
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What is meant by ionization states?

I am going through the theory of saha equation but I am not able to understand the concept of ionisation state? What are ionization states actually?
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Error of bisector method

How to determine the error of bisector velocity span? I have found the article below, but I do not know what all quantities mean. What is the number of lines in the mask? How to find out x? How to ...
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Looking for analytical expression of Cosmic Variance - Poisson distribution?

I have an expression of Matter Angular power spectrum which can be computed numerically by a simple rectangular integration method (see below). I make appear in this expression the spectroscopic ...
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Shot noise in cosmology : Expectation and Variance expression

I am trying to express the Shot noise in cosmology context, mostly the Shot noise expression into error on a $C_\ell$ If this would be only for myself, I would take $$\text{Variance}(Shot\,noise) = 1/...
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What new instruments “so sensitive that we can see (large circumgalactic winds) have only been on telescopes for a few years”?

The Rhodes College press release Prof. David Rupke and Team of Astrophysicists Make Major New Discovery About Galaxy Evolution links to Astronomy Community/Nature.com: The Making of Makani; The story ...
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Any examples of a gas object temperature from Doppler broadening along one axis turning out to be wrong because velocity spread was not isotropic?

Discussions under Mass of the stellar cluster (not the whole galaxy) lead me to mention that when an actual temperature is inferred from a Doppler-broadened line profile (rather than just a linewidth ...
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Astrophysical particle spectroscopy; narrow-line particle sources (charged or uncharged) for things other than photons? Have any been detected?

Is Cosmic Ray Astronomy a thing? Is there an equivalent of the red shift effect for cosmic rays? have got me thinking and under this answer I've commented: That's a good point; there aren't as many ...
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Pulsar signal periodicity detection algorithms?

I am currently working on pulsar signal periodicity detection. Most of the algorithm or paper which i read they use FFT (Fast Fourier Transform) and FFA (Fast Folding Algorithm ). Do we have any other ...
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Constants of three body problem(2 fixed centers)

I was solving two fixed centers problem and got answer in quadratures. After that i want to find constants of motion. First one is full energy - E. Second is $p_{\varphi}$. And third one comes from ...
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Do apparent magnitude (V) and photometric magnitude (specifically in optical V band between 500-600 nm) have a similar scale to stellar magnitude?

I'm graphing a table and I used the magnitude values from this database https://vizier.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/VizieR-4 (It's the V/19/data catalog for "Masses and Ages of stars in 68 open clusters&...
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Demonstration of scales for the two components (transverse and perpendicular) of Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations (BAO)

I transfer here a post that has not had any answer pn physics exchange, so I am going to delete this latter. Maybe I will have more luckiness here. In an astrophysics context about BAO (Baryonic ...
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Question about mass growth rate for individual planetesimals

In one stage of classic accretion, the mass growth rate with time (dm/dt) for individual planetesimals is proportional to $m^{2/3}$ and in another stage it is proportional to $m^{4/3}$. My question is ...
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Supernova impact on Protostar formation

What would be the impact on the formation of a new star (protostar) when a nearby star (within 10 LY) goes supernova? Will the force of the explosion (once it arrives in the Molecular Cloud where the ...
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Doppler Shift Vs Gravity Assist for Frequency Shifts from Rotating Galaxies

Frequency Shift of Light Leaving Rotating Galaxies: Differences in Doppler Shift due to Radial Velocity Vs Frequency Shift due to Gravity Assist from a Rotating Galaxy A description of estimating ...
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Three Body Problem

I tried to solve the three body problem numerically. While after 1000 time steps the system looks stable (See Fig.1) it is completely unstable after 10000 time steps (See Fig.2). Is that an intrinsic ...
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To show perihelion precession motion of Mercury in Python with matplotlib

I'm trying to make it more general code so I can trace even a parabola or hyperbola for $e=1, E=0$ and $e>1, E>0$ respectively. And after achieving that general code I want to make the same code ...
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What could be observed with LOFAR in 230 MHz - 10.0 MHz wavelength?

Nuclear astrophysics greatly interests me and i was wondering if there is something that could be observed with the LOFAR project in this wavelength that would benefit the field? Also some general ...
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How to convert Log(g) vs T_eff to y vs (v-y)?

I have a plot in Log(g) vs T_eff coordinates from my stellar evolution model. The parameters of the model are M=0.8 M_solar, [Fe/H]=-1.19, Y=0.245. I want to convert it to the y vs (v-y) coordinates (...