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Questions tagged [fundamental-astronomy]

Questions involving basic astronomical concepts or information.

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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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Need help with the calculations/conversion of a celestial object

I'm developing a telescope controller open-source application. I started this project with a very little knowledge of Astronomy. Basically, the app is going to send data to telescope over a wireless ...
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The Solar Motion and the peculiar velocities of stars

Local standard Of Rest is the hypothetical origin of a reference system with respect to which the motions of all stars in some neighborhood of the sun average out to be zero which type of motions of ...
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What factors determines the size of a galaxy?

Recently i saw a post comparing sizes of different galaxies with the Milky Way. The largest one being the Ic 1011.What makes this galaxy so large? What factors decide the size of a galaxy?
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Directions to Proxima Centauri

I'm writing a sci-fi novel in which humans venture to the stars for the first time. Their "shake down" cruise takes them to Proxima Centauri. I'm trying to understand where Proxima Centauri is located ...
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Why does each and every planet of our solar system have an unique axial tilt angle?

Why do planets have an axial tilt? From the above image we can see that each planet's axial tilt angle varies and differs from the others. What was the cause of this, was this from the beginning of ...
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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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How can the temperature of stars can be determined by their color?

How do you determine the temperature of a star by color?
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Relation between angular resolution and aperture?

The angular resolution of a telescope is given by $\frac{1.22\lambda}{D}$. This should mean that the smaller the aperture D, the higher the angular resolution. But it is exactly the opposite - why?
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Obtain IR diffuse data from WISE

I need some help obtaining IR background diffuse data from the WISE observation. There is already some work done in this regard; see: http://wise.skymaps.info/ . These are .fits files. How do I find ...
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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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Tips for a beginer who wants to learn more about astronomy [closed]

I have completely no idea about astronomy, but I am starting growing interest in it as I have been always wondering on what has been discovered out there and since I am studying CS, maybe I will learn ...
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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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Finding the radius of a star in arcsec

If i know the radius r of a star in cm, how can I convert it to arcseconds? For example, if I have a star with r = 3.18e13 cm, and distance to the star d = 220 parsecs, what is the relation to ...
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What happens if one day aliens want to talk to us. How can we talk to them? [closed]

Always I wonder about that if some day alien wants to talk to us, then how can we talk to them? They didn't know any of the language on the Earth. What will be the basic building blocks for it?
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How can I contribute to the scientific community using my telescope?

I've been using my Meade 90 ETX for a few years trying to become a better astronomer and am familiar enough with the basics to navigate my way around. I was wondering in what way an amateur astronomer ...
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Creating a rectangular star map

I'm trying to find/create a star map between the declinations of -45 to +60, and need it to be a rectangle. Is there any software/website that would let me create this? Is there a name for this kind ...
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Sun Zenith angle and location on earth

Let suppose you are at +3 degrees latitude (3 degrees north of Equator ... for example at Cali in Colombia). At what periods of the year will the sun be at your vertical (at your zenith) at noon? I ...
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If I look beyond (about same region, higher redshift) a galaxy, will I see its progenitors?

Is there a range of redhsift dz, such that if I look at z+dz from a massive object at redshift z, I will see its progenitors? (in a LCDM scenario of halo assembling, with smaller halos evolving ...
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How small a location is possible to identify when any visible star is at its zenith directly above?

How small an area on Earth is it possible to identify with any precision when any celestial object (star, planet, comet, nova) (visible with the naked eye alone) is at its zenith directly overhead? --...
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Astronomical ABCD…!

Today, I thought to make a list of Astronomical objects, A to Z. It goes as follows : A - Asteroid B - Black Hole C - Comet D - Dwarf Planet E - Elliptical Galaxy F - Falling Star G - Globular ...
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Why Can’t we make a star [closed]

If we know that the reason a star burns without oxygen and fuel is that it converts hydrogen into helium and we have these two elements on earth then why can’t we make a star on our planet
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Units of integrated flux density (irradiance) along longitudes

If I've taken an image of the Galactic bulge with the pixel units in MJ per steradian: and I've looked down each column of the image and added up the values: then do the units change? My thinking is ...
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How to find if a set of objects lies within a given resolution (5 arcsec) on a telescope?

I am new to astronomy and I was given the task of finding out if there are objects which can't be resolved by a telescope of resolution 5 arcseconds. I was given the values of RA and Dec of these ...
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What should I read next after Neil deGrasse Tysons “Astrophysics for people in a hurry”? [closed]

I really liked the clever way the author explained stuff in this book but I already understood most of it. Neil himself states in the book that if you are not in a hurry and want to know more about ...
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Why do we we even exist? [closed]

It came to my mind one day that why does this universe even exist and why do we even exist and like we are enclosed in the so called atmosphere and a floating rock in space called the Earth, so is ...
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How to know that the 21cm Hydrogen line is the actual emission and not any other redshifted line?

Is it possible that we mistake some other wavelength emission to be 21 cm because of redshift?
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Does anyone knows the origin of the Maunder Minimum and Dalton minimum?

Solar spots seams to be a good indicator of solar activity. Does anyone know the reason for the Maunder and Dalton minima?
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Nodes and declinations of Moon

This nice page from NASA has the possibility to create an astronomical events calendar for a certain period. I tried to do that for the year 2017 for Central Europe. What comes out puzzles me: On ...
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applying nutation to ecliptical coordinates (apparent position of star)

I'm trying to calculate RA and DEC with nutation correction. The direct calculation in MEEUS Page 151 can't be used for stars close to celestial poles and I thought I'd turn RA/DEC into ecliptical ...
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Who is considered as the father of modern astronomy? [closed]

Googling is giving me both Galileo Galilei and Nicolas Copernicus as the answer. I am sorry and will remove this question if it is an opinion based question.
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The M-theory to understand black holes [closed]

I am a layman in astronomy. Can someone please explain it to me whether the M-theory can be used to explain what is happening in the centre of the black hole where the singularity exists? Or is it ...
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Planning to revisit Arthur Eddington's experiment from 1919

As the fateful day draws closer, the United States will host a celestial event that comes once in three generations. I plan to witness this first hand at the exact center of greatest eclipse. In the ...
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What are Thorne-Żytkow objects?

Last night I was randomly surfing astronomy pages and came across this.I searched up Wikipedia and other sites,but it doesn't exactly give me enough information about their characteristics.
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How long would it take to collect a certain amount of photons? [closed]

So, I've received this question to solve, it's not a very advanced one, though advanced enough to cause headaches. The situation is as follows: Say, you are observing with a telescope with an ...
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What's the useful magnification for a scope with 70mm objective lens?

Some of the spotting scopes which are e.g. 70mm claim to magnify terrestrial objects at 75x. But yet they cannot produce sharp and clear images at even 30x-35x. While 90mm scopes can do a better job ...
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Does an algorithm exist that takes an image of the night sky and tell you where in the milky way that perspective likely originates? [duplicate]

In Stargate they talk about using the stars on other planets to figure out their location. I know that's fiction, but it made me wonder if such an algorithm (with arguably little usefulness right now) ...
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Can some stars not emit any energy in the visible spectrum?

Stars convert mass into energy. Even converting the slightest mass into energy is immense because the speed of light is so great and $E = mc^2$. This means that stars have to emit large amounts of ...
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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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How to discover Neptune from the Uranus orbit (by computer simulation)

I would like to demonstrate the existence of another planet (Neptune) by studying the discrepancy between the observation of the Uranus orbit and the mathematical prediction, this work was made from ...
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Could space time curve from the vantage point of earth and out into the universe, and would d = 1 / P in that case give false estimates?

The seventeenth century saw a revolution in astronomy. The invention of the telescope and the acknowledgement of the heliocentric system triggered a race amongst astronomers to measure the parallax of ...
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Frequency of transit in planar and non-planar planetary systems

Supposing that another planetary system is in one plane like our solar system, if let's say that the transit of one planet is visible then is it safe to also assume that all planets in the system must ...
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does a minority of all planetary systems show transits?

do most or only a minority of all planetary systems to show transits? I feel like its minority due to the random orientation of their orbits? But the thing is I seem to find conflicting information. ...
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In layman's terms, why do we put the “time” in space-time?

What does "time" mean in the term space-time? I am trying to understand why anything that travels through space, from a proton to massive galaxies, is always referred to as traveling in space-time, ...
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Massive degraded impact crater on Mercury - chemical evidence?

The planet Mercury has a myriad of impact features - this has been known for some time. However, observe in the following images, a relatively large 'High-Mg region' detected on the planet (below): ...
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Attempting to determine astronomy values in a parameter file

Recently I inherited quite a few old QuickBasic programs which perform various astronomical calculations. I'm attempting to understand these programs and rewrite some of them in Python. I do not ...
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Cosmic microwave background radiation: why did it take so long to get here?

I understand that the universe after the big bang was a super dense cloud of elementary particles, and because of this high density was "not transparent" to light. Then, roughly 400.000 years (380....
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Local sidereal time interpretation

I am new to this domain and trying to understanding the fundamentals of local sidereal time. Through an online available calculator https://www.iiap.res.in/personnel/reks/software/javascript/calclst....
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Numbers 80 to 85 in Ancient Astronomy

Do any numbers in between 80 and 85 (or thereabouts) hold any relatively important or relatively obvious meaning in ancient astronomy ? A few clarifications: By ancient I mean related to human ...