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What is the most accurate measurement of the Astronomical Unit?

I am using the Earth-Sun distance to teach kids the usefulness of trigonometry. This site is helpful. But one of the more engaged asked what the most accurate measurement is. After some research, I ...
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At what point in history was the idea of planets being spit out by the sun abandoned?

For context, at some point during the 20th century (and maybe earlier as well), the most popular planet formation theory and the one that was taught at (at least some) schools was the theory that the ...
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What do the symbols signify in Dr. Becky Smethurst's radiation pressure equation for black holes?

In her most recent video, "An ULTRAMASSIVE black hole has been discovered in a BRAND NEW way!", as well as a previous video, "How massive can black holes get?", Dr. Becky Smethurst ...
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Is there an astronomy exam I can take?

I am currently living in Bangkok and I love astronomy. However, I haven't been able to find an official astronomy exam that I can do to gain college credit. Could someone help me out please?
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Visualized shapes of areas of total and partial solar eclipse

I'm looking for an animated (showing how the situation changes as time passes) online map of a solar eclipse (can be a past or future one, it's for educational purposes) showing areas on Earth with ...
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Book for young enthusiast

I'm looking for an astronomy book that's picture first, and covers a variety of topics but leads into the relevant math. Enough of a start for a kid that really studies could do a few easy examples ...
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Books to use for NSEA (first stage of IOAA in India)

Someone please guide me for IOAA (most likely NSEA, i.e., the first stage of IOAA in India), like what material and books to use for mathematics, physics and astronomy and is it too late to start my ...
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Astronomers need Data Analytics or Data Science?

I am aiming to do my masters in Astronomy, and I would prefer it to be on the data side of it. I am looking to skill-up and am confused if I should take up Data Analytics courses or Data Science ...
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How important is where you get your PhD? [closed]

I know that in some fields it is very important to earn a PhD from a top school if your goal is to achieve competitive postdoc offers. How true is this in pursuing a career in astronomy/astrophysics? ...
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How to choose a topic for astronomy internship? [closed]

I am an undergraduate student who has taken up modules in Astrophysical fluids and basic astrophysics. Yet I am not able to decide how to choose a super specific topic for my research internship. Can ...
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