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How to calculate apparent brightness in relation to the sun

I know that we can determine the apparent brightness of an object in our solar system using the following formula: $$B=\frac{A\cdot L_S\cdot R^2}{D^2\cdot d^2}$$ $B$ = Brightness of observed object in ...
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Secular parallax calculation in Binney and Merrifield

I am now reading Galactic Astronomy (1998) by Binney and Merrifield. In this book at p. 44 there is this formula for calculating proper motion vector: $$\boldsymbol\mu_i = \frac{(\mathbf u_i \times\...
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Astronomy 101 Algebra Question [closed]

I’m taking Astronomy 101 this semester and this question on my homework is confusing me, You may assume these conversions: 3.3 feet in 1 meter, 5280 feet in 1 mile, 60 seconds in 1 minute, 60 minutes ...
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Heat map of portion of the sky visible for a given observatory on Earth?

Reading Calculating area of visible sky I started wondering which portion of the sky one could observe how long given the 3D coordinates of an observatory, and two points in time. In other words, I ...
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Classical Mechanics : Interaction Sun Radiation Pressure - Gravitation

I have a theoretical problem that merges the effects of a gravitational field and the Sun radiation pressure. The problem goes as follows: A spacecraft orbits the Sun in absence of any other body ...
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Math for the “universe in a black hole” hypothesis?

There are various pop-science article entitled Are we living in a Black Hole? or Did A Black Hole Give Birth To Our Universe? which say things like There’s a lot to like about the idea that there’s a ...
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In astronomical interferometry, what values do the points in the uv-plane have?

As I understand it, the image of an interferometer is the inverse fourier transform of the information in the uv plane. For each baseline (vector between any two telescopes in the array), representing ...
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Modeling egg shaped stars

I am well aware of one-dimensional stellar models: The simplest commonly used model of stellar structure is the spherically symmetric quasi-static model, which assumes that a star is in a steady ...
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Vector analysis of Kepler's Third Law

I want to prove Kepler's Third Law via Vector Analysis of motion. I know of other derivations, but want to know this as I think it will be interesting. I have been unable to prove it. But I know of ...
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Relation between core mass and red giant mass?

Yes, the title might be confusing (I'd appreciate some more clarification on it :D ). I have an estimated mass of hydrogen in the core of a star, and how much hydrogen will be in the core when the ...
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The role of 'the interference of waves' in VLBIs'

I've been trying to find out how VLBIs work. It says in this book I've read that many radio telescopes around the world work in tandem to use the interference of waves to get a clearer picture of ...
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What units are used for the Stefan-Boltzmann law?

I have a star with given temperature in Kelvin and radius in solar radii. I tried to calculate the luminosity of the star using Stefan Boltzmann's law, and got an absurd number (over 1 million). What ...
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Angles in Ptolemaic Model

I am about to work with Ptolemy's Model for the motion of an upper Planet (Mars). I use a epicycle rolling on the deferent. As a first step, I am just interested in the shape of the trajectory, which ...
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What is the RGB curve for blackbodies?

I created a program to convert the temperature (in Kelvin) of a blackbody to RGB color. However, it is slightly inaccurate, and the deviations increase for values greater than 10000K and less than ...
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How do you go from transit times to Earth-Sun distance?

In the early 18th century, Halley described a method to determine the value of the astronomical unit by observing a transit of Venus from multiple locations on Earth. How do you go from the transit ...
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Gravity on Mercury's highest elevation?

This post answers what is Mars' gravity at its highest point (Olympus Mons) compared to the Earth's and Mars' standard, it's 0.3736 g (Mars standard is 0.3794 g). This also seems to be the lowest ...
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Calculate the absolute magnitude for a multi-star system

We know that the absolute magnitude of a single star can be calculated with the formulae: $$M_{\rm bol} = 4.75 -2.5 \log_{10} \left(\frac{L_*}{L_{\odot}}\right)\ ,$$ $$M = -2.5 \log_{10}(L_* / L_0),$$...
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How to calculate the frequency of a gas giant eclipsing the sun from a moon?

Say you have a moon around a gas giant which goes around a star. If the moon has an inclination of around 0° relative to the gas giant's orbit, the gas giant will eclipse the star every orbit of the ...
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Help understanding why these two sub-Hill sphere moon stability limits are so different?

Comments under this answer to What orbital period would produce one New Moon (and one Full Moon) each year? What other effects would this produce? link to Stable satellites around extrasolar giant ...
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Data to “check” Kepler’s first law

I want to "check" Kepler’s first law by using real data of Mars. From the equation of the ellipse, I derived $$\frac{1}{r}=\frac{a}{b^2}+\frac{a}{b^2}\cdot\epsilon\cdot\cos(\varphi),$$ where ...
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Calculating distance from center of mass of two stars in a binary system

I am confused on how to calculate the distances for each star in a binary system to their centre of mass. I am trying to solve it from a book I am reading which shows the solution but I do not ...
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What is meant by the notation $A^{\times{B}}_{\div{C}}$; where A,B,C are real numbers?

I have come across a few papers using the notation $A^{\times{B}}_{\div{C}}$; where A,B,C are real number. For example, $3000^{\times{3}}_{\div{4}}$. An example can be Eqn (4) in Stern & Laor (...
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Moving from mathematics to astronomy/astrophysics

I'm currently studying for a PhD in pure mathematics (the topic is the cohomology of differential graded categories, just to give you an idea of how pure I mean), although the first year of my ...
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How are all the intermediate images between the “lensed” and “unlensed” endpoints of this video generated?

Phys.org's ALMA sees most distant Milky Way look-alike describes the numerical image reconstruction of a strongly and very nicely lensed z = 4.2 galaxy by a by a foreground galaxy at z = 0.263 and ...
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how to calculate the star formation rate (simplified) for a galactic model

we are (programming summer project Y10-11) making a very simplified model of a disk galaxy. would love to know if there's a simplified equation for the average star formation rate of the stellar disk ...
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how to find the approximate [stellar radius]? (distance from center to most distant star) of a circular flat disk galaxy based on its stellar mass?

I'm doing a high school programming project on drake's equation (simple galactic model) and wondered if there was a (simplified) way to find the radius (measured by the distance between the center and ...
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Calculate object apparent diameter by distance and radius [duplicate]

I'm trying to create a dynamic starfield for game using the HYG database. Because there are no data about the apparent size of the stars from earth, I will need to get it myself. I found a formula ...
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How to calculate how much of the Earth's (or another planet's) surface is visible? [duplicate]

My latter three questions remain unanswered but I won't wait with this one, I'd like to learn the formula and hope this question gets an answer. As you're going higher respectively farther away from ...
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Using altitude, azimuth to determine a baseline vector?

I know the equatorial coordinates of a “beam” pointing from an Earth-based observer toward some distant star. I have converted those coordinates to altazimuth coordinates for that observer and a ...
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Why does the Fourier transform of this CMB image have a hole in it?

The BBC's Desert telescope takes aim at ageing our Universe contains the image below of the Cosmic Microwave Background from the Atacama Cosmology Telescope or ACT. It looks like this is plotted with ...
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How did Kepler come to the potencies in his Third Law?

How did Kepler come to the conclusion, that exactly the square of the period and the third potency of the great semi-axis of the ellipse is proportional? Why is only square divided by cubic = ...
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How can I correct for transit time?

I know the exact time a radio telescope detected a transient event. I also know the exact location of the telescope, and the galactic coordinates (galactic longitude, latitude) and right ascension and ...
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Mathematical astrophysics subjects for math graduate students

I'm looking for a cool and interesting subject in mathematical astrophysics to study for my master's project. What I really aim for is certain processes in the cosmos (multiple body-problem, black ...
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Total luminosity of total population of galaxies!

I'm trying to get the total luminosity of a total population of galaxies. I have the Schechter Function like $$\Phi(L) = \frac{\Phi^{*}}{L^{*}} \left(\frac{L}{L^{*}}\right)^{\alpha} \exp \left(\frac{...
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What kind of triangle is formed by three unequal masses in a circular restricted three body orbit?

This answer to Are the orbits of all triple star systems at least technically unstable? mentions: There are known solutions to the gravitational three body problem that can be shown to be stable. ...
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How many stars are there max and average per galaxy?

What is the range of the number of stars possible in a galaxy? What is the rough average? Googling leads to vague answers, things like "billions upon billions". But what is a more pinpointed set of ...
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Do Astronomers really never call Lagrangian points “libration points”?

In this answer to Who called the Lagrangian points as “Libration” points and and why was the terminology “Libration” used? I described my feeling that Lagrangian points were also sometimes called &...
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Where is the sun relative to my lunar rover?

I'm a robotics researcher writing orienteering code for a solar-powered lunar rover. I have two similar problems: Given the position of a robot on the moon in lunar latitude/longitude, where is the ...
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Total apparent magnitude of eclipsing binary system

This is a question from the 2016 USAAAO national exam, for which no solutions are given: An eclipsing binary system has a magnitude $m_p$ = 14.2 during the primary transit and $m_s$ = 13.7 during ...
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What is the physical interpretation of the derivative of the emitted and observed wavelength?

The flux F of an event at redshift $z$ is related to its luminosity L as $$F=\dfrac{L}{4\pi d_L^2}\,,$$ where $d_L\equiv d_L(z)$ is the luminosity distance between us (the observer) and the event (...
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Convolve a SED with a filter. Is convoluting the mathematical operation?

I know that in order to get the Flux of a star (or something else) in a particular filter from its SED (luminosity per unit wavelength), I need to convolve the spectrum (SED) with the filter response. ...
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What are good resources to study Gravitational Waves?

I am undergraduate student having basic knowledge of Physics. I'm looking for resources (books, video lectures, research papers, etc) to study Gravitational Waves from scratch, I think initially I ...
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How to calculate the true length of day on a celestial body?

When I only know the sidereal rotation period, how do I determine the true length of day on a body? We know the Earth's sidereal day doesn't have full 24 hrs unlike the true length of day. It's ...
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How are small objects automatically identified and their locations determined in digital images?

I have a large quantity of old digital images of low energy electron diffraction (LEED) patterns that I must process to identify and locate small, sometimes elongated gaussian-like blobs of a few ...
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What is a thermal distribution of eccentricities?

The abstract of the new (open access) paper in Nature A statistical solution to the chaotic, non-hierarchical three-body problem says: The three-body problem is arguably the oldest open question in ...
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Are the stars distributed in uniform distribution, on the celestial dome, with respect to brightness?

Has there ever been a statistical analysis of the distribution of stars in the sky (on the surface of the celstial dome), by brightness? I want to know if they are uniformly distributed. For example, ...
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How to calculate parallactic angle from a fixed alt-az position?

Say we have an observer at a specified latitude and longitude on Earth who would like to observer a specific fixed alt-az sky position (rather than RA and dec), for example to look at geosynchronous ...
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How to calculate phase angle of a satellite?

I'm making a program for predicting satellite passes. I'm trying to find out if the satellite is illuminated by the Sun and not in Earth's shadow. I need to know its phase angle: the angle between the ...
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Speed of Moonrise relative to fixed point on ground

Due to the curvature of the earth, and the way the moon interacts with the atmosphere (especially close to the horizon), is there a known function that describes the speed of the moon relative to its ...
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evaluate solar eclipse Besselian elements? [closed]

I found this NASA website which says that to predict eclipse, we should solve the Besselian elements ..what does this mean, how can I solve for Besselian elements? Is there a numerical method? I need ...