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Is there a website out there where I can find/compare data on stellar parameters?

I'm looking for some kind of catalog/repository which lists stellar parameters (e.g. mass, radius, temperature) in a similar vein to NASA's Exoplanet Catalog (but except for stars). I'd rather not ...
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How do you create a continuum mask in Python or IDL for a star?

I'm learning how to model stellar spectra using the IDL code, Spectroscopy Made Easy (SME), and its Python counterpart, PySME. Has anyone used these programs before? As you can see from the first ...
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What is this planet or satellite in this picture?

I took this photo in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, China, 38°13'N 115°18'E (+38.23, +115.31) on the night of February 8, 2020. Here you can see a round object above the moon, and it was moving fast,...
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Is there a possibility of finding a system where a star is orbiting a planet?

Is it possible for a star to orbit a planet IF the planet is bigger than the said star? Or is it possible even if the star is bigger than the planet and still the star is orbiting the planet? I have ...
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Relation between age and spectral type of star

Does the spectral type of a star change as it ages? Since its temperature changes, I suppose the spectral type should also change, but I'm a bit confused about this. Also, is the spectral type ...
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Is most hydrogen in the universe in the form of plasma, atomic neutral hydrogen, ionized hydrogen, or molecular?

I have had trouble finding an answer somewhere.... Some places say most hydrogen is plasma, such as the stuff stars are made of (mostly) and the 'warm-hot intergalactic plasma'. Other places say ...
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Determine spectral type of star from its properties

How can I determine spectral type of star, if I know all its another properties? For Example, Rigel A has spectral type B8Ia. Rigel has temperature 12 500 K. ...
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Why does iron consume more energy in the fusion process than it produces?

I understand that once a star starts fusing iron, it's doomed to collapse because iron fusion requires more energy than it releases in the process, allowing the opposing gravity of the star to cause ...
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Alfven Radius of mainsequence stars

Is there any average value for the Alfven radius of main-sequence stars? if there are no such values, then how may I calculate it??
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Why are there no green stars?

There are red stars, and orange stars, and yellow stars, and blue stars, and they are all understandable save the fact that there is a 'gap': There are no green stars. Is this because of hydrogen's ...
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How to find the temperature of a planet accounting for the atmosphere?

Recently, I started writing a program to generate star systems, and I need a formula to find the approximate surface temperature of a planet. I know of several formulas for this, for example this one ...
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How long does it take to produce a star? Why does it take that long?

I wonder, why stars take a really long time to become stars? Is it because it needs to gain mass? Or heat up? Something like that? And could it be sped up at all?
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Are there stars with an average density greater than the central density?

Are there likely to be stars for which the average density is greater than the density at the centre? Intuitively, I would say not, as density tends to decrease outwards, but ideally I would ...
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Which star has the lowest absolute magnitude?

I have seen many lists of stars with the most luminosity, mass, and temperature, but I have never seen one that is about absolute magnitude. So I'm wondering, which star has the lowest absolute ...
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What does the Sun “look like” below 100 MHz?

Radio2space.com's The Radio Sun says: At very low frequencies (below 0.1 GHz) and therefore at very long wavelengths (> 3m) the solar disk appears much bigger and brighter in the center, and its ...
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What color is a red dwarf star?

I read recently that a red dwarf star might actually look white. I realize there's a wide range in red dwarf surface temperature, 2,500 to 3,500 degrees K, compared to 5,778 for our Sun. Metal at ...
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Why are stars so far apart?

So, this is mere musing, but it seems that stars are quite extremely far apart. I tried to determine the mean distance between nearest neighbors for stars (in just our galaxy) but I'm not sure what it ...
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How to approximate the distance at which the thin disk peaks along a given LOS from Earth for a given galactic coordinate per 1 sq deg?

The density of stars drops off exponentially from the center of the galaxy and can be approximated as follows using a cylindrical coordinate system: $$ \rho(R, z) = \rho_0 \exp \frac{-R}{h_R} \ \exp \...
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Is the magnetic field strength of a star predictable from mass, composition, age and angular momentum alone?

This answer to Which stellar properties can we describe as “first principles” in which we can derive the rest? contains an intriguing bit: That states that composition and mass are the two key ...
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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?
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What was the absolute limit to the possible sizes of the first stars formed from “primordial material with no metals”?

This answer to Why don't or (can't) stars be more than 325 or so times the mass of the sun? What limits their size? includes the following: ...The upper limit you refer to is for compositions similar ...
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Which stellar properties can we describe as “first principles” in which we can derive the rest?

Mass, size, temperature, luminosity, chemical composition, the initial abundance of the molecular cloud, distance, brightness, age, and evolutionary cycle can all be used to characterize a star. A ...
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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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Are there ways to determine a star's spectral type without the spectrum itself?

Because of the lack of available data online, I am trying to find other ways to determine an exoplanet's host star's spectral type.
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What can a star's spectrum tell us? [closed]

Stellar spectra contain both emission and absorption lines. What can these lines from a star's spectrum tell us?
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Difference in stellar abundance numbers

What is the correlation between stellar abundance by mass and by number? Let’s take the Sun and Helium for example. This paper mentions an abundance by mass for helium as Y=0.275 and by number as A=10....
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How do I calculate the surface temperature of a star from luminosity? [duplicate]

How do I calculate the surface temperature of a star from luminosity? I've been trying to delve into speculative solar systems for a bit, and I've heard the surface temperature of a star can be ...
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What is the spectral reflectance of starlight in a close binary?

Ignore the Blender Monkey! (from here) In a close-orbiting binary pair, a small but significant fraction of the light from each star falls upon the other, and the result has to be carefully modeled ...
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XML Catalogue of Stars

two years ago I grabbed an XML star catalogue of the zodiac constellations that came in the following format: ...
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How to use spectral flux density data while using Planck's law giving spectral radiance?

I'm currently working on a fun project in my free time where I'm trying to calculate the temperature, among other things, of stars based on their spectra. Since I have essentially no prior experience ...
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Distance between objective lens and eyepiece

I am trying to make home telescope, I have a convex lens of focal length 1000mm and eyepiece (plano-convex) with 25mm focal length. What is the ideal distance between objective and eyepiece to see ...
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Can a star turn into a planet?

I have read in a magazine that a star can actually form back to a planet... is it true?! Does it mean all the planets in our galaxy can be revived back to what they were before?
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Why is detecting brown dwarfs difficult?

Why is detecting brown dwarf stars tedious and not always successful? They emit light in the infrared region, and given that we're surrounded by state-of-the-art technology in space today, why haven't ...
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Stellar age determination - code

I'm trying to determine the age of some stars. I have many parameters that characterize these stars: $T_{eff}$ ,log ${g}$ ,$[Fe/H]$, $V$... I've tried to use the isochrones package but so far no ...
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Fate of Jupiter when our sun dies

Five billion years from now, the sun will have grown into a red giant star, more than a hundred times larger than its current size. While this metamorphosis into the giant star will change the solar ...
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Where do stellar classes names come from?

Under Morgan-Keenan classification stellar classes are called O, B, A, F, G, K, M, but what is the logic behind these letters? I can't see any pattern and I doubt they have just been chosen randomly. ...
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Is there a relation between mass, radius, and luminosity in deuterium-burning brown dwarfs?

I'm a worldbuilder and my setting has a lot of brown dwarfs. While I'm trying to keep my setting as science-compliant as possible, I can't seem to find any resources for brown dwarfs like there are ...
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Best way to simulate star sizes to scale in celestial sphere

Using the Hipparcos catalogue, I am trying to create a celestial sphere. As all the stars are a fixed distance from the centre of this sphere, the only way to differentiate the distances and magnitude ...
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Unable to detect stars and constellations in simulation of stars from the Hipparcos catalogue

I am creating a planetarium program using Unity3D and C# to plot out stars from the Hipparcos catalogue. Using the Plx, _RA.icrs and _DE.icrs columns of the dataset, I have managed to work the ...
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What equipment and techniques were used to study Betelgeuse's diameter in 1920?

Comments below What is the maximum distance measurable with parallax? discuss challenges associated with parallax measurements of Betelgeuse and link to Wikipedia’s Betelgeuse; Distance measurements ...
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Correlation between stellar mass and galactocentric distance

As we move away from the centre of, say, a spiral galaxy, is there a relation between the stellar mass and distance? I know the how the stellar abundance and density varies with the distance but does ...
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Bunch of stars moving on sky in triangular and different other shapes [duplicate]

Today I saw different Stars are moving on the sky in shapes of triangle and some randomly. its about 4:20 am in Nasarpur Pakistan and last star I saw at 4:32 am. They are moving in direction (North ...
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What are the necessary steps required for calculating the size of a star? [closed]

Title pretty much says it all. Basically, what exact variables are used, and what steps need to be taken, in the calculation of the size of a star? Preferably, some example data for how a the size of ...
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A question about star names… E.G. CW Tauri, DZ Bootis, IQ Lupi, EU Eridani

Take the following examples of star names/identifications:- Regulus is the common name for a star. HIP49669 is the Hipparcos ID for the star HD87901 is the Henry Daper ID for the star 32 Leonis is ...
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any proof that stars are born, and die?

I've heard from a lot of people that stars are "born" (usually from black holes), then grow bigger, then eventually "die" by some kind of supernova etc., but have any of these events actually been ...
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Where can I find a catalog of all stars in the Milky Way?

Is there a catalog of all known stars or brightest stars in our galaxy? Preferably with some sort of galactic coordinates instead of just night sky coordinates (right ascension, etc.) I'm trying to ...
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Are there neutron stars whose magnetic axis and rotating axis are the same, and if so what will happen?

I know that there's probably a higher chance of having a neutron star that has its magnetic axis inclined to the rotational axis rather than having it perfectly aligned. If they are not aligned, the ...
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How do we measure the brightness of the stars?

How do scientists measure the brightness of so distant stars?
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Calculating star radius from temperature and absolute magnitude - what am I missing?

In an attempt to visualise nearby stars, I've tried to get the star radius (measured in solar radii) using the equation provided on the following site: http://cas.sdss.org/dr4/en/proj/advanced/hr/...
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Orphaned star systems and intergalactic travel (in fictional context)

Context: I'm looking for some authority on a particular idea that I brought up in regards to a new update brought out for a space travel sim game, Elite Dangerous The vessels in that game can travel ...

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