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Questions regarding the Milky Way Galaxy, the galaxy that Earth's solar system is in.

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Which spiral arm of the Milky Way is Kepler-62 in?

I am trying to find out which spiral arm of the Milky Way the star Kepler-62 and its planetary system are in. All I can find by Google searching is that it is part of the Lyra constellation, but I don'...
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How galactic density falls using Oort constants

I am given the observations that Oort constants $A$ and $B$ are, respectively: $14.5 \text{km s}^{-1} \text{kpc}^{-1}$ and $-12 \text{km s}^{-1} \text{kpc}^{-1}$. From these, I am supposed to conclude ...
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Where can I find a list of retrograde Milky Way stars?

I read in papers that the Milky Way contains some retrograde stars (retrograde to the Milky Way rotation). Does anybody know where I can find a list of them, possibly including data on their distance ...
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Volume of Galaxies

Pretty much awkward question though. I would like to ask how is the volume of a Galaxy X is measured? For example consider milky way, what are the techniques to measure the same? How accurate and ...
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How do I see the milky way?

I've travelled to farms at night, and away from civilation. I don't really know alot about astronomy, but my goal is to see something like this: Stars, lots of them, but that "thick purple cluster of ...
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Milky Way mass fraction breakdown review

I'd like to know a breakdown of the mass of the Milky Way, by the major categories. So, something like ...
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How many supernovae events are on their way from within the Milky Way?

The Milky Way has a diameter of around 100.000 light years with the Solar system placed some 25,000 light years from the center. If we assume a supernova rate of 1 per century, and also assume that ...
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When can I see the Milky Way from the Earth?

Light pollution is restricting most people from ever seeing the Milky Way from the Earth. Is there any place in India where I can see the Milky Way? Is there a database or site with the list of all ...
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What part of the milky way do we see from earth?

When looking up at the night sky, we can sometimes observe a bright band of stars stretching across it. I know this is our galaxy but exactly what are we looking at? Could we look at the centre of ...
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What are Flamsteed numbers?

Can you tell me about Flamsteed numbers? I just know that it is a specific number used for identification of stars. But what is the theory behind it? In what way is the number given to stars?
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Can we measure stellar accelerations?

Many people concern themselves with understanding the Galactic potential. To me, the most obvious way is to measure the acceleration of a star, as this is directly related to the potential. So, one ...
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dataset of stars in the milky way galaxy [duplicate]

Does anyone have any idea were I can get a dataset of stars in the milky way galaxy, their mass and their planets and distance of planets from their star? I have tried various catalogs of NASA. I ...
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Leaving the Milky Way

If we had a hypothetical spacecraft, would it be possible to exit our galaxy, wait for some time and enter back into another section? Will this method be more efficient that a more traditional flight ...
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How many times has the Milky Way rotated?

I would think that is a highly naive question, but I still ask it. Given current experimentally discovered numbers: the Milky Way galaxy is ~13-14 billion years old At the galactic radius where our ...
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Where are heavier elements than iron produced?

Specifically in the milky way, if that changes anything. I feel like it should be in the disk, since stars there are richer in heavier elements, but I'm not sure.
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How many satellites does the Milky Way have?

The small and large Magellanic clouds are galaxies that are orbiting our own galaxy. How many such "galactic satellites" do we know of?
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If the Milky Way galaxy is as big as planet earth, how big is Earth?

If the Milky Way galaxy is as big as planet earth, how big is Earth?
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Explaining the Drake Equation on a smaller scale

So me and my friend were planning a video to explain the Drake Equation (within a time limit of 5 minutes), and we needed some help. This video is aimed at explaining the concept to an age group ...
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How did they measure the distance to the center of our galaxy to 0.3% accuracy?

The abstract of A geometric distance measurement to the Galactic center black hole with 0.3% uncertainty (Open Access) says: We present a 0.16% precise and 0.27% accurate determination of R₀, the ...
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Supergalactic and Equatorial coordinates

What's the difference between Supergalactic and Equatorial coordinates?
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If our galaxy is mostly empty space then why does it look so solid?

This question has probably been asked quite a few times, but I'm having trouble finding anything due to the fact that this question is very specific in nature. So I'm asking again. We know that outer ...
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Orientation of local star map

This image depicts our solar neighborhood Source The plane defined by the concentric circles, does it have a relationship to any galactic reference points or the ecliptic?
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does the orientation of orbital plane of our solar system rotate with the galaxy

As I understand it, our solar system travels through the milky way with the orbital plane tilted about 60 degrees so that we are sort of traveling in the direction of earth's north. My question is if ...
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Is the sphere of influence of our milky way's center super massive black hole same as the Milky way's radius?

The sphere of influence is a region around a supermassive black hole in which the gravitational potential of the black hole dominates the gravitational potential of the host galaxy(found it in wiki). ...
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Is it possible to observe Lyman-continuum emission from extragalactic objects?

Lyman-continuum (LyC) emission is everything blueward of 912 Angstroms (so it includes extreme UV photons, X-rays and gamma rays). There are many low-redshift astrophysical plasmas such as the diffuse ...
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What is the angle between the planes of Oumuamua's hyperbola and the Milky Way Galaxy?

Viewing the animations of Oumuamua passing through the solar system, it is apparent that the plane of its hyperbola departs from the plane of the ecliptic by a large amount. The plane of the ecliptic ...
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Have parameters been determined for the Fourier components of a Milky Way spiral density-potential model?

Spiral arms in galaxies can be modeled by potentials of the form $$\Phi_{\text{spiral}}(R,\theta,z,t)=\sum_mA_m(R,z)\cos(m\theta-m\theta_0-\phi_m(R)-\Omega_pt)$$ where $A_m(R,z)$ is the $m$th-order ...
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Wher can I find a list of blueshifted regions in the Milky Way?

It would be nice to get a relation between the blueshifted regions and the distance to earth. I'm searching especially for objects in other galactic arms.
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What is the exact position of the Large Magellanic Cloud?

I am not able to visualize the position of the LMC and have not found a satisfactory explanation... Can someone please answer it this way? Relative to a ray joining the Earth to the Galactic-Center(...
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Of the stars in the Gaia / Hipparchos catalogs, which one is the most isolated?

This is just a matter of curiosity; I was thinking about a scifi story. By "Isolated", I mean that if for every star (or binary) we found the distance to its closest neighboring star, then which one ...
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What happens when two black holes collide? [duplicate]

There are many hypothesis saying that there will a collision between the milky way and Andromeda galaxy...so what happens when two black holes will collide?? And how will it effect the other objects ...
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Milky Way stellar number density : is the stated equation in this paper incorrect?

The paper is : http://www.astro.washington.edu/users/ivezic/Publications/tomographyI.pdf The equation is equation #23 in the paper. It's a model for the density of stars in the Milky Way's disk. It ...
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Sky view from Stellarium software vs. Sky view with naked eye

I'm slowly starting to interest in astronomy. Currently I'm enjoying in stargazing but unfortunately place where I live is very light polluted. I'm planing my vacation in a couple of months and one of ...
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Galaxy centre X structure - could this reflect impact of black hole at galactic centre

As reported in this science article X Marks the spot Centre of Milky Way, a X shaped feature is confirmed centered on our galaxy's centre, when looking on from within the plane of the Milky Way. In ...
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Available data on the Milky way around 1920

In a book by Alexander Moszkowski, there is an Einstein quote about a hypothetical size of the universe (100 million Light years). Moszkowski claims that Einstein had deduced that from the ...
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Milky way: How do we know its appearance? [duplicate]

How can we know how does the Milky Way look like if we are in it? Sorry if the answer is evident, I am not an expert.
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Milky Way Formation

Is the Milky Way a collection of merged galaxies, or has it only been one galaxy that was created from the interstellar media?
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More recent data and simulations of “Milkomeda”, the collision of the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies?

The Space.com headline Hubble Telescope Spots Two Galaxies in a Doomed (but Dazzling) Dance; The galaxies will ultimately crash into each other was probably overstated as seems to be policy in some ...
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Milky Way, view outward or inward?

I have a question about the view of the Milky Way that we can see from earth with the naked eye. I believe this to be light from the stars contained in one of the "arms" of the galaxy. I had always ...
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Why do we define the Milky Way's rotation in a left-hand coordinate system?

When we talk about Milky Way kinematics, we define it as rotating clockwise from top. In the rest of physics, rotating objects are defined as rotating counterclockwise from top (following the right-...
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Why can I see the Andromeda Galaxy despite Milky Way's rotation?

Okay ... so, I woke up from a dream last night wherein I was (apparently) attempting to devise a time-keeping system for interstellar travel (similar to the stardate system used in Star Trek). In the ...
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What is radio-emitting gas? [closed]

What is radio-emitting gas? (I think it refers to the Magellanic Stream, but I can't be convinced.)
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Why is the statement “black holes make up 1% of the mass of the Milky Way Galaxy” unknown?

a) We cannot detect all black holes and therefore don't know the percentage of the galaxy's mass they make up. b) We do not know the mass of the Milky Way's central black hole. c) According to our ...
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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 ...
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How much of the Milky Way is visible to the naked eye from earth?

When we see the Milky Way on a dark night are we seeing the bulk of the galaxy, or just our local arm? How much of the milky way is visible to the naked eye on a dark night?
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Why is the Solar Helical (Vortex) model wrong?

Could someone give a lay description of why the Solar System's depiction of motion as a vortex is wrong? ref: Youtube video The helical model - our solar system is a vortex Please don't take for ...
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What is the closest galaxy?

I think that the galaxy closest to the Earth, that is, to the Milky Way, is the nebula called Andromeda, which is 2.5 million light years away. Despite this great distance, M31 is visible, and very ...
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How do galaxies move in space?

Kind of like a shower thought just occurred to me. We've all seen lots of animation about spiral galaxies, how they crash... in virtually all of them, I recall they move in a frisbee way, that is ...
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Movement of the stars relative to my position

I live in the Pacific North West (Washington State, US). I have watched the skies for years, looking for constellations that I recognize and keeping track of them. One of them is Orion. As I have ...
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Black hole at Galactic Center of the Milky way and Bar of stars?

The Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy, with a supermassive black hole at its center. Here As it is a barred spiral galaxy, it has a central bar-shaped structure composed of stars.Here So my ...