The application of physical theory to celestial systems such as stars, planets, galaxies, supernovae, and black holes. Astrophysics proper is concerned with explaining phenomena more so than making observations, the latter falling under the purview of astronomy.

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Translational Velocity

Is the translation velocity equivalent to its real velocity or radial velocity? Online sites and textbook are saying different things, So Im not too sure what is going on
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Do AGN produce protons that are relativistic enough to collide with the CMB and make pions?

AGN (Active Galactic Nuclei) produce protons in their jets and they are relativistic. I was reading about photo-pion production, where a proton and photon annihilate to produce a pion. Could this ...
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K-Correction of Photometric Data [on hold]

How do I achieve the K-correction with the Photometric data of type Ia Supernovae ? Basically, I want the corrected magnitude and following is the sort of data I have : ...
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Mass of star from Lane-Emden equation

Suppose we have equation of state $p=K\rho^{1+\frac{1}{n}},$ where $\gamma=1+\frac{1}{n}$ for some star. Then by standard calculations we obtain equation for enthalpy $h$: $$\Delta h+4\pi ...
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de-rotation of the cosmic microwave background polarization? [duplicate]

What is the estimator that used to de-rotation of cosmic microwave background polarization for Planck?
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Antimatter in the solar system, Charge of the sun, and Annihilation

Since the sun is creating a lot of helium at once, and one of the protons has to undergo beta plus decay, Shouldn't there be at least a little bit of antimatter orbiting the sun? I know most of the ...
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How do we get images of galaxies?

First of all a very basic question upon which my main question is based. "Are the pictures of milkyway galaxy we see on books/mags are real ? ". If they are real then my question is, how we have taken ...
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Different width of spectral lines for different groups of stars

As seen in an HR-diagram, a certain stellar classification can correspond to more than one group/sequence of stars (G5 could for instance be either a giant, main sequence star or a white dwarf and so ...
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Could planets survive their star becoming a black hole? [duplicate]

Would the supernova responsible for its formation destroy them. The question becomes one of how destructive the supernova event is to its own solar system - does it completely evaporate all planets up ...
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Gamma Ray Burst data

I wanted to know if there was some database for gamma ray burst (GRB) data. I would like to get the luminosity and duration of recorded GRBs. So far, I have come across this website, but since I do ...
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How to de-rotate the cosmic microwave background polarization?

the polarization of CMB is rotated by effect of cosmological birefringence. then to remove this rotation of polarization, we need to de-rotate this polarization. but I know about this de-rotating ...
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Stellar classifiaction and metals

I have recently started to study astronomy and there is a thing with stellar classifications I can't get my head around: The colder the star the more absorption lines from metals are present in its ...
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Event horizon at moments of formation of black hole [duplicate]

As I understand it, the event horizon of a black hole body, has a diameter depending on the mass. So, if an existing black hole grows through infalling matter the event horizon radius increases. I'm ...
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If a meteor breaks apart in the atmosphere, how far apart could the impact craters be realistically?

Currently, my assumption is that the meteor only splits into two. The meteors could potentially land on anywhere on a whole half of a planet. How can I improve this mental model? If the meteor is ...
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scaling law of gravitational waves and consequences

With which power law of distance is decreasing the amplitude of the distortion caused by a gravitational wave ? $r^{-1}$ ? $r^{-2}$ ? something else ? -> The coalescence between 2 black holes about a ...
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Can black holes grow via accretion of dark matter particles?

I'm assuming that the answer to the question in the title is a resounding yes. Since Baryonic matter and dark matter interact via gravitational forces. If this is the case how is information not lost ...
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What is the difference between habitable and Goldilocks zone?

If I am right, Habitable Zone means that a planet is on such a distance from its Star which makes it good candidate for supporting some sort of life. But then what is Goldilocks zone and how is it ...
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Measuring the size of the core of the sun with multiple neutrino detectors

Back in 1998, researchers at the Super-Kamiokande neutrino detector released this image: of the sun using their neutrino detector using approximately 500 days of data. This picture covered 90x90 ...
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Hubble time and age of the universe

I'm having trouble with the following derivation of the 'age of the universe': http://imgur.com/gRvLWX8 The parts I'm struggling to conceptualize is what a 'universe expanding' means, and also why ...
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Why are pulsar's radiation beams collimated?

Every picture of a pulsar a see shows a very collimated radiation beam. What is the mechanism generating such a collimation? Note: I am not talking about "relativistic jets". I am talking about ...
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What do different frequencies in astrophysics data file mean? [closed]

I have a data file, with the first part looking like this. ...
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Surface brightness

I have to compute the surface brightness as a function of the radius from the following set of data: {right ascension ($\alpha$), declination ($\delta$), magnitude (m)}. I also know the center of the ...
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Baryon Acoustic oscillations - simple confusion about length scales

I am confused about length scales and baryon acoustic oscillations. I am clearly missing something very simple. The length scale found in the $SDSS$ and $2dF$ data is quoted as being $150Mpc$. ...
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How does the inclusion of vacuum energy modify Newtonian gravity equation of motion?

The equation of motion (in the center of mass frame) due only to gravitational forces between two point masses is: $$\frac{d^2r}{dt^2} = -\frac{GM}{r^2}$$ How does the equation get modified when a ...
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Do stars remain electrically neutral? [duplicate]

How electrically neutral do stars remain through their lifetime? As an example, I could imagine processes such as coronal mass ejections leaving the Sun in a slightly charged state. Are there such ...
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The reason for the fading of galaxies?

Galaxies that are greater than a distance of c/H metres from Earth have recessional velocities exceeding the speed of light and begin to fade. Thus, theoretical astronomers 3 trillion years the future ...
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Any method to determine the gravitational constant $G$ from observations in cosmological scale?

By the observations in cosmological scale, I mean observations by astrophysicists like motions of quasars in far distance from us, relative motions of our galaxy to others, etc. I know the famous ...
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A question about the Fermi acceleration

In high school physics, we know that a charged particle cannot gain energy from a magnetic field. But, it seems that in the so-called Fermi acceleration, the particle is accelerated by the magnetic ...
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What is an overview of secondary school astronomy textbooks for students who have taken some calculus?

I teach mathematics at the secondary level. This year my students have founded an astronomy club. Most have finished two semesters of "college-level" calculus and are familiar with the derivative, ...
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What is the difference between the Big Bang Model and the Λ-CDM Model?

If I'm going to write about "The Consensus Model of Cosmology" should I include Big Bang Model or should I go with just the $\Lambda$-CDM Model?
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Gross “temperature” of a globular cluster

Globular clusters can be very large, which means we can do statistics about the stars in them. And that means we can try matching their star-as-particle potential/kinetic energy distribution against ...
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Why are they building eLISA and what implications would it have?

I understand that the next step after LIGO is to plan and build eLISA, I understand that out in space there are a lot less interferences compared to Earth which makes it a good way to detect things we ...
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Cosmic inflation and space flatness

I am new here, an avid Physics reader, but have lots of questions and doubts on which I'd like to get the help of a pro physicist. Here goes some about the theory of Inflation: a) after the first ...
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Utilising Black Holes as a potential energy source

I'm aware of the Penrose process and the basic physics behind that. Also, I know that the Blandford-Zjanek process (That is potentially responsible for the relativistic jets). Aside from these two, ...
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How is mass of observable universe calculated? [duplicate]

How is even mass of earth known ? How do we get to know them? Whilst I was studying about dark matter it was listed about 'mass of observable universe' and density and so on...so what is the ...
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Will stars disappear from the sky when their particle horizon is outside the event horizon

Given that the universe is expanding at an accelerated rate, will there be a point where stars visible in the night sky will simply disappear from view when their particle horizon is outside the event ...
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Gravitational waves from neutron star - neutron star merger

How is neutron star-neutron star merger different from Black Hole-Black Hole merger and what information can be extracted from gravitational waves emitted by these processes?
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Relationship between oscillator strength and cross section

In the context of absorption of photons by atoms, I have come across two seemingly very related quantities, cross section and oscillator strength. In the book Physics of the Interstellar and ...
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Why is the white-dwarf mass distribution highly peaked?

I am doing an undergraduate course in astrophysics. The lecturer mentions that observed white dwarfs have a mass distribution that peaks at around 0.6 solar masses. Consider the plot from ...
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Why is the distribution of Cosmic Rays isotropic?

We observe that cosmic rays (CRs) are isotropic on the sky, i.e. they come from all directions with no apparent preference. I understand this is related to the deflection of these CRs by the magnetic ...
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What is a quasar flux ratio anomaly?

In the context of strongly lensed, multiply-imaged quasar observations, I sometimes hear about "flux ratio anomalies". What are these? Why are they important?
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Gravity Theory Question [closed]

Three Questions: Is the Modern Five Dimension Theory of gravity an adaptation of Einstein's relativity theory? If so, can it allow us to accurately predict the movement, speed and direction of ...
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If matter and antimatter repel, how do we know other galaxies aren't made of antimatter? [duplicate]

Wikipedia's article on antimatter says this: There is considerable speculation as to why the observable universe is composed almost entirely of ordinary matter, as opposed to a more even mixture ...
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All the planets in our solar system rotate 'Anticlockwise', except Venus. Why is the only planet that rotate' clockwise'? [duplicate]

All the planets in our solar system rotate 'Anticlockwise', except Venus. Why is the only planet that rotate 'Clockwise'?
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How to calculate the mass of the orbiting body given only its orbital information

A question asks the following: Using Newton’s Law of Gravity, show that the mass of a planet can be written: $$M = \frac{4\pi^2a^3}{ GP^3}$$ where $a$ is the semi-major axis and $P$ is the orbital ...
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How do black holes join each other? [duplicate]

If black holes can swallow any object, and can radiate energy, then how could black holes join each other and can form bigger black holes?
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Is there a direct/indirect detection for the homogeneity of the Universe?

I know that for mathematical simplicity the Universe is assumed to be isotropic and homogeneous (the cosmological principle). The isotropy of the universe, and correct me if I'm wrong, is confirmed ...
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What happens when we use the Virial Theorem iteratively?

Say I want to model the formation of structure in the Universe as a series of events whereby already virialised systems are brought together to create a larger virialised system. I will take the ...
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Potential of an axisymmetric disc with constant rotation velocity

I am having trouble understanding why the form of the 3D potential for a disc with a constant rotation velocity for circular orbits of stars within the disc \begin{equation} v(R) = v_0, \tag{1} ...
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How is it possible to have such massive black holes? [duplicate]

Recent observations discovered really massive black holes, up to $20-40$ billions Solar masses. Now, according to an recent study and various computer simulations (I'm sorry, I don't have any ...