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Questions regarding electromagnetic radiation in the visible spectrum.

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What is the science behind the polar light shapes

Is there any scientific explanation that causes polar lights (aurora borealis/australis) to have their unique shapes? Specifically: Rayed Arcs Dual Bands Corona (Images on NASA Pdf) This site (by ...
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If the distance between galaxies is increasing and the speed of light is constant will the most of the light from the universe ever reach us?

Will the light from other galaxies ever reach us if the universe is expanding?
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Formula for calculating if an object can cast a visible shadow on the ground or not

I know that we can see the shadow cast by the light of Venus on the ground. I also talk with one person who said they were able to see the shadow even from Jupiter. Recently I've read something like ...
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What is the average luminance of the star background?

What is the luminance of the star background, i.e. of all the objects outside of the Solar system? E.g. if we measured average luminance of the sky from the far side of the Moon (so that solar and ...
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Is cosmological redshift caused due to expansion of space or distance traveled by light?

If the universe wasn't expanding, would light still be redshifted after traveling some distance? Is there a way of being sure that it's the expansion that causes light to redshift and not just a ...
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What is the advantage of taking monochrome photographs in standard lenses

I've readen "When photographing faint objects monochrome photos will resolve more than RGB pics" Is this really a thing? If yes, how?
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How do I measure occultation for the upcoming lunar eclipse?

I'm trying to simulate the lunar eclipse on Jan. 31, similar to this simulation I made of last year's solar eclipse, using Three.js. I have the minute-by-minute coordinates for the Sun and the Moon in ...
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Finding individual band magnitudes: Why and how is the integration of individual flux values for each wavelength used?

What differentiates the distance modulus equation to find the difference between two apparent magnitudes? For example, $$ m_1 = -2.5\cdot log_{10}\left(\frac{F_1}{F_2}\right) + m_2$$ leads to the ...
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Given a collection of pixels, how to deduce the flux from them?

I've obtained the coordinates of brightest pixels from different images (.fits files) using Python. I want to get the flux of each pixel. How do I go about finding out the flux?
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Is it likely there are more rogue planets than brown dwarfs, and that we just can't see them because they're too dim?

Among celestial bodies revolving around the galactic center directly, it seems the bodies of lowest mass (brown and red dwarfs) are the most abundant. However, when it comes to even less massive Y-...
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Where does the energy of the decaying CMB go?

I would expect that energy of photons in the Cosmic ray Microwave Background gets less and less because their wavelengths are stretched due to the expansion of space. How can this be possible? Does it ...
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What happens to the Fourier Transform of the Measured Spectrum?

What happens when you double the width of the entrance slit of a spectrograph, in turn letting in twice as much light, would there be an improvement in the Fourier transform of the measured spectral ...
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Light profile fitting related questions

I am computer scientist and now I'm working with some astrophysical projects. During this work I accumulated some questions and maybe here I would be able to find some answers or advice where to look ...
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Polarization of an emission line

Say I have a flux density spectrum of a galaxy, as well as polarization spectra for the object in U, Q, and P. I want to find the polarization of some emission line in the spectrum. First, I can fit a ...
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Astronomical data bases express spectra in flux density, e.g. ergs/s/cm2/Angstrom( or Hz) how can I calculate the flux, i.e. ergs/s/cm2?

I have light spectral data from astronomy data bases in flux density (flux/Angstrom or flux/Hz) and would like to calculate the flux. How can I calculate the flux from the flux density?