Questions tagged [mass]

Questions regarding the property of astronomical objects that determines their inertial resistance and gravitational interaction with other bodies.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
2
votes
1answer
28 views

Where can I find a database on the masses of different galaxies?

I want to get the data for masses of galaxies, more information about them can only be helpful. Can anyone point me to a site where I can get this sort of information?
0
votes
2answers
44 views

Calculate mass of exoplanet from transit method

Is there any way to calculate (or at least estimate) mass of an exoplanet from transit method? I know that mass can be calculated with radial velocity method, however I would like to create program ...
35
votes
2answers
4k views

How was the mass of Venus determined?

The mass of Venus seems rather complicated to determine to me: Venus doesn't have any satellites, so you can't just apply Kepler's third law (like you would with Jupiter or Saturn for instance) to ...
5
votes
2answers
301 views

GW190521 black hole merger total mass calculation and missing mass, how does this happen?

I have just read an article about that black hole merge event (it's in Italian): Sette miliardi di anni fa, due mostri si unirono What made me curious is that the article tell that a 66 solar mass ...
2
votes
2answers
50 views

How to find the mass of a planet not knowing the gravitational constant?

So I found this problem, I know the gravity of earth $g_0$, I found the orbital speed of one satellite using this equation $\frac{GM_em_s}{(R_e+h)^2}=m_sa$ ($M_e$ is the mass of earth, $m_s$ is the ...
0
votes
0answers
44 views

How likely does a body more massive than Eris exist beyond the Kuiper belt?

Other than the hypothetical Planet IX, is it likely if there's a (dwarf) planet more massive than Eris orbiting between Eris and Planet IX? Michael Brown seems to have found it likely. As far as we ...
2
votes
0answers
74 views

How did we measure the mass of the universe?

In an wiki article, observable universe, it was mentioned that, Mass (ordinary matter) 1.5×10^53 kg I wonder how did we measure the mass of our observable universe?
2
votes
2answers
75 views

How to calculate the orbital period and the density of a planetary body?

I'm a student studying in 9th grade, I am making this fictional habitable planet named "Darwin B" for a planet making competition. It orbits a sun-like star at a distance of 1.15 AU or 172 ...
24
votes
1answer
2k views

Why don't or (can't) stars be more than 325 or so times the mass of the sun? What limits their size?

Is there a particular reason(s) why stars cannot grow as massive as they want to? And why doesn't this limit apply to supermassive black holes?
1
vote
1answer
62 views

How does the Eddington limit make the gravitational field of stars asymmetric?

This answer to Is the gravitational field of the sun uniform? says: Very large stars are asymmetric due to being close to the Eddington limit. The Sun is too small of a star to have the kind of ...
3
votes
1answer
84 views

How do OGLE-III and GAIA measure the mass of free microlensing black holes?

What is the "hypothesized lower mass gap" between 2.5 and 5 solar masses? eventually links to Constraining the masses of microlensing black holes and the mass gap with Gaia DR2. The angle of ...
8
votes
1answer
3k views

Size and mass of comet ATLAS (C/2019 Y4)

I read some news about this new comet and some unreliable sources said it is twice as big as Jupiter. I tried to find a reliable estimation of its size or mass, but I couldn't find anything. Would you ...
1
vote
2answers
131 views

How does energy (from fusion reactions still inside the sun) still have gravitational attraction?

In this answer they say: While the conversion of mass matter† to energy in the Sun's core now represents a loss of mass proper matter, it turns out that that energy (trapped in the Sun and slowly ...
-4
votes
2answers
220 views

Why isn't Eris considered a planet despite being the body of dominant mass?

The 2006 definition of a planet states that a planet is a celestial body that (a) is in orbit around the Sun (b) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it ...
0
votes
2answers
90 views

Estimating Galactic Mass of Andromeda

So I need to estimate the mass of the andromeda galaxy using: $$ M = \frac{v^2r}{G}$$ where $v$ is the rotational velocity, $r$ the galaxy's radius and $G$ Netwon's gravitational constant. I'm told ...
2
votes
0answers
28 views

Why does the star formation rate correlate with the total stellar mass in star forming galaxies?

The so-called "Main Sequence" of star-forming galaxies (e.g., Brinchmann et al. 2004; Noeske et al. 2007) clearly points to a linear relation between the stellar mass of galaxies and their star ...
18
votes
1answer
5k views

Moon's unusual gravity

We know that the Moon's gravity is about one-sixth that of Earth. Then I recently read that the mass of the Moon is about one-eightieth the mass of Earth. Since gravity depends on the mass of the 2 ...
3
votes
1answer
101 views

If we've only observed Oumuamua as a single pixel, how can we know its shape?

On a separate Oumuamua question (Oumuamua alien space junk?), I was confused how shape could be inferred from a single pixel, per another user's (@Uwe) comment. It was suggested I ask this question ...
4
votes
1answer
298 views

How would I define mass in a space

I always heard that mass is a measure of inertia during my school days. Is this applicable to bodies which are in space ? Suppose there is space craft in a space; how would I define mass ? I read ...
2
votes
1answer
127 views

How did they estimate the mass of Sgr A*'s companion G2 without knowing what it was?

Gizmodo.com's Astronomers Spot Unprecedented Flashes From Our Galaxy's Black Hole mentions Sgr A*'s companion gas cloud G2. That Wikipedia article says: First noticed as something unusual in ...
1
vote
1answer
154 views

Could anything consume a small black hole?

Whenever I read about black holes, it is normally involving how they devour anything that comes too close... regardless of how big anything is. But what if it were a really small black hole vs ...
0
votes
2answers
120 views

Black hole's gravity

Is gravity relative to volume, or size of an object? Since a black hole is a massive star that collapses on its weight, how comes the same sun's mass, when it becomes a black hole, provides gravity ...
3
votes
1answer
41 views

Comet mass loss

As the comet orbits around the Sun, I gather that its tail loses mass due to solar wind and tidal waves. Approximately, from what distance (with respect to Sun) will the mass loss begin?
1
vote
1answer
70 views

How is stellar mass of a galaxy obtained?

I believe there is a difference between the mass calculated using the orbital speed and the stellar mass of the galaxy. So how is the stellar mass calculated? Thank you :)
-1
votes
1answer
44 views

Mass of Photon and Black holes [duplicate]

The gravity caused by a black hole is said to be so strong such that even light(photons) can not escape from it. since gravity exist only in between objects with mass, How does a black hole attract a ...
2
votes
2answers
245 views

Is blue light not traveling faster then red light in space?

I just can't understand why light and other massless particles are not traveling at different speeds? Gravity effects anything with a mass but light has no mass but a black hole, and weak lensing ...
2
votes
1answer
64 views

Existence of a mass-volume astronomical chart?

I've been wanting to make a mass-volume (or mass-radius) chart for astronomical objects ranging from asteroids to supermassive black holes on a log-log scale. A sort of 'Hertzsprung-Russel' type ...
1
vote
1answer
226 views

What does it mean when there are two plus-or-minus signs for a measurement?

As far as I know, the plus-or-minus sign is used to indicate the statistical margin of error of a measurement. But what does it mean when there are two plus-or-minus signs in the same measurement? ...
2
votes
1answer
259 views

How to determine the mass of a galaxy?

I am having a slight disagreement with my professor. We can measure the mass of a distant star cluster from: A.Its color B.Its radius C.Its metallicity D.Smearing of lines in its total spectrum My ...
0
votes
1answer
58 views

Mass of a potential black hole in a binary system

So I've been given the velocity curve, parallax and apparent magnitude of a star in a binary system with what is potentially a black hole. I've calculated from the apparent magnitude and parallax that ...
2
votes
1answer
170 views

Smallest mass of star to be a black hole? [duplicate]

It seems to me that I forgot the smallest mass of a star and its angular momentum in order to form a black hole. So I know that electron degeneracy pressure is overcome if the core is 1.4 solar ...
2
votes
1answer
209 views

Does the Sun twinkle?

Does our solar system have enough bodies in orbit to appear to twinkle to another distant solar system viewed from the side? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_asteroid-discovering_observatories ...
0
votes
1answer
81 views

Doppler Spectroscopy - Finding mass of an exoplanet

An astronomer, T observed the spectrum of a distant star X. The spectral lines were observed to have tiny blueshifts and redshifts regularly with a period of 1.27 years. T concluded that the star is ...
2
votes
1answer
438 views

Why the Sun-Jupiter barycentre is outside Sun?

The Earth-Moon barycentre is said to be inside Earth. But Moon-Earth mass ratio (1.2%) is larger than Jupiter-Sun mass ratio (0.09%). Then how come the Jupiter-Sun barycentre is outside the surface of ...
4
votes
2answers
134 views

Galactic mass estimation from apparent magnitude and distance

Can we estimate the order of the total mass of any galaxy from the apparent magnitude and its distance to us? Just like \begin{equation} M_{galaxy}=c\times 10^{8}M_{\odot }, \end{equation} where $c$ ...
0
votes
1answer
116 views

Need help with a simple Blackhole question

Suppose the amount of mass in a black hole doubles. Does the event horizon change? If so, how much does it change?
1
vote
0answers
62 views

Compute the total stellar mass of galaxy with major influence of Red Giants luminosity

Suppose that all stars in this galaxy were born in a single major-merger burst event about 10 Gyr ago If the luminosity in the B band (absolute magnitude in B-band is equal to -21.22) is dominated by ...
4
votes
1answer
78 views

How can I estimate the M/L ratio from a fitted SED on a galaxy?

This answer (here in the forum) provides background to my question: https://astronomy.stackexchange.com/a/5953 I am trying to understand the process in which a stellar population synthesis (SPS) is ...
3
votes
1answer
116 views

How come moon's difference in thickness between sides does not create an unbalance on its mass?

I've just found out that moon's dark side is 30 miles thicker then the closer side to the Earth. So I'm wondering about moon's mass. How come it's still balanced? Supposing the far side is indeed ...
8
votes
2answers
272 views

Can “rogue” supermassive black holes be made this way?

Could two galaxies (one big and one small)intersect at a velocity to allow the smaller black hole to escape but not the galaxy around it?
1
vote
1answer
74 views

Mass-magnitude relation of evolved stars

In short: what mass is appropriate for absolute magnitude $M_V \sim -7$? Some context: I'm processing the observational data (supernova light curve) and curve fitting gives me about $0.4M_\bigodot$ ...
-2
votes
1answer
584 views

How does space time differ between galaxies? [duplicate]

Does the gravity wells differ enough between galaxies to have different speeds in space time? How much slower in space time would the biggest galaxy have compared to the Milky Way?
3
votes
0answers
277 views

How does the size of a naked black hole effect its photon sphere?

What effect does the size of a black hole have on the size or density of the photon sphere and it's proximity to the horizon? For example: A person is in space looking at 2 black holes, one of them ...
2
votes
1answer
281 views

Is Earth losing orbit? [duplicate]

Is the Earth losing or gaining distance from the sun overall? Could asteroids over time add weight to the Earth and push it farther from the sun more than having a degrading orbit around the sun? Does ...
4
votes
1answer
57 views

Relation between molecular cloud mass and galactic mass

Would it be true to assume that the mass of a galaxy is approximately the mass of all molecular clouds detected within it, let's say, through CO observations and then converted to H$_2$?
2
votes
2answers
250 views

Circular velocity in axisymmetrici potential [duplicate]

If a matter distribution is spherically symmetric, the circular velocity is straightforwardly related to the mass via: $v_{circ} = \sqrt{GM/r}$ In an axisymmetric potential, on the other hand hand, ...
9
votes
1answer
493 views

How is the total mass of all the Solar System's small asteroids and meteoroids estimated?

This diagram from wikipedia (shown below) graphs asteroid Diameter against Number of asteroids, for the Solar System. (Graphic is courtesy of the Marco Colombo, DensityDesign Research Lab). ...
-2
votes
1answer
97 views

Pluto is fuzed to all the asteroids, comets, other minor planets, etc. Would it be big enough to hold an atmosphere without forming a tail? [closed]

Pluto is fuzed to all the asteroids, comets, other minor planets, etc. Would it be big enough to hold an atmosphere without forming a tail? All minor planets, asteroids, comets, etc that aren't ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

How do I create a galaxy stellar mass function?

Suppose that I have an array of stellar masses of tens of thousands of galaxies, and that I also already know what the total "survey volume" is (in Mpc^3) within which all of those galaxies are ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

Size and Mass of a typical “small” asteroid that impacts the Earth?

I'm looking for some realistic data about the size (in meters) and mass (in kg) of a typical small asteroids that impact the Earth, without disintegrating in the atmosphere. Any suggestion ?