Larry Gritz
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Why do we use FITS format for scientific images especially in astronomy? How is it different from formats such as JPEG, PNG etc?
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File formats tend to be industry/field-specific, with the format, tools, and expectations of the field coevolving to become more dependent on each other over time. JPEG co-evolved with amateur digital ...

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What happens if you fail to reach escape velocity for the galaxy?
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If you fail to reach escape velocity from the earth, you won't break free of its gravitational well, in other words, you will keep orbiting the center of mass of the earth. If the path of your orbit ...

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Is there any practical use for astronomy?
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Are you willing to include all of astronomy, including the basics of mapping the positions and movements of astronomical features? If so, then astronomy has been the theoretical and practical ...

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Are neutrinos affected by gravity fields?
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If you buy into General Relativity (you need to throw out an awful lot of modern physics if you don't), gravity is a manifestation of the shape of spacetime around massive objects. It's not that they ...

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