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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Why do stellar boundaries exist?

What theorems or insights are available to decide wether a star with some given interdependence between its density, pressure and temperature distributions ought to have a boundary at a finite ...
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Is there a natural source of Antimatter in this universe?

I was just asking if there is an natural source of Antimatter in this universe capable of creating simple molecules/compounds? So, any good answers?
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Why do some stars actually produce “Gamma ray bursts”?

I looked it up but I haven't found any explanation as to why some stars produce them, I understand that collapsing and merging stars produce them, but my question is why is the energy concentrated in ...
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What are these cycles in orbital eccentricity called?

I have created a simulator for planetary systems. When I run it with our own solar system and plot the eccentricity, aphelion and perihelion of the orbit of Earth i get these cycles. Do these ...
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Crab pulsar radiation

Regarding the radiation from the Crab pulsar and nebula, some reading leads me to the following conclusions. The rotation energy of the neutron star is the source of the non-thermal electromagnetic ...
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is the potential energy of a black hole infinity

It appears like black holes posses an escape velocity greater than the velocity of light. It takes an atom infinity energy to travel at speed of light.Do black holes posses that energy to retain ...
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Measuring Rotation of Sun

If the sun had a uniform surface (i.e., if there were no sunspots to look at), is there a practical way to measure its rotation? In other words, if some external force flipped the sun's spin ...
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Could a satelite be pulled away by gravity while the object it was orbiting keeps unaffected in its own orbit?

I'm asking this, since I try to educate my self a bit in the field of astrophysics. From my point of knowledge the by title given scenario could occur. But I haven't yet read anything that sounded ...
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Special Relativity problem - proper time interval

The supernova 1987A explosion in the Large Magellanic Cloud 170 000 light years from Earth produced a burst of anti-neutrinos ν ̄e which were observed in terrestrial detectors. If the anti-neutrinos ...
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How do modern particle detectors identify and segregate different particles

What is the specific particle detector technology used at CERN or similar Institutions. Is it essentially a big digital camera? When said particles are detected, how are they segregated, How does this ...
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Is there a doppler effect on the images of stars around rotating black holes?

I'm an illustrator working on a project involving rotating black holes like those discussed in "Gravitational Lensing by Spinning Black Holes in Astrophysics, and in the Movie Interstellar" by James, ...
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What is the invisible mass in the universe?

According to scientists, currently the edge of observable universe from the earth is about 14 billion parsec. This means that the diameter of the universe is nearly 91 billion light years. If we ...
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Where do astrophysical neutrinos come from?

What I really do not get about them is collisions of cosmic rays with light produces high energy neutrinoes but cosmic rays have a little energy maybe less than a 5000 electron volt. How do high ...
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If the Hubble constant is the result of acceleration of photon [closed]

This is not enough to change our understanding of universe? The Blueshift Paradox and Solution: The Blueshift Paradox: Z = ∆λ/λ(obs) = v/c ∧ H = v/d Astrophysics use the doppler effect to explain ...
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What is the average temperature of mass in the universe?

That is, ignoring speculative concepts like Dark Matter and just summing across stars and gas clouds etc
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Nucleosynthesis: other than big bang and supernova

According to many texts, hydrogen and helium and traces of lithium-7 were created in a brief period after the big bang; helium is created through fusion (pp, CNO) in main sequence stars; elements like ...
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Second order Fermi mechanism. Is there a mistake in the Claus Grupen book?

The second order Fermi mechanism describes the interaction of charged particles with magnetic clouds. This model leads to a collision-less acceleration of cosmic rays up to ultra high energies. A ...
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Is the speed of sound almost as high as the speed of light in neutron stars?

Have you ever wondered about the elastic properties of neutron stars? Such stars, being immensely dense, in which neutrons are bound together by the strong nuclear force on top of the strong gravity ...
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A question on Jeans's instability

I am a Physics student and I'd really appreciate if anybody could help me with an exercise my professor gave me a couple of weeks ago. It goes like this: Let us consider a spherical symmetrical gas ...
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The Solar System explosion in the Nice model

This video depicts one variant of the Nice model (pronounced "neese", like the city in France). I'll briefly describe it in case the link ever dies. Here is the initial configuration: The four ...
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How does Planet 9's perihelion and aphelion affect the Kuiper belt objects?

Assuming that the existence of Planet 9 is confirmed and it really exists, how does it affect the orbits of the Kuiper belt objects? My understanding is that the discovery came in part from the ...
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Quasar redshift

The quasar 3C 273 has a redshift z=0.158. A question in a textbook: could this be a gravitational redshift instead of cosmological (=resulting from the expansion of space)? My answer: no. Firstly, ...
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What is the limit for the size of a galaxy?

The largest known galaxy is just 100x more massive than Milky Way. I wonder if there is some physical mechanism (some equilibrium) which limits the size of galaxies or if it is just because of limited ...
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Gamow peak and nuclear reaction rate

It's known that the nuclear reaction rate (inside a Star) can be determined with $$R_{ab}=n_a n_b\left<\sigma v\right> \, \approx \, n_a n_b \Big(\frac{8}{\pi m_e}\Big)^{1/2} ...
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Pressure inside a typical white dwarf

Does any one know the order of magnitude of pressure inside a typical white dwarf (better with reference)? Thanks! I think it should be $m_e^4c^5/h^3$ (may be multiplied by $\pi$), which is $10^{22} ...
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What would it be like if the supernova ASAS-SN-15lh was in the Milky way?

I'm simply wondering what it would be like if the super nova ASAS-SN-15lh (http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/01/universe-s-most-luminous-supernova-was-50-times-brighter-milky-way) was in our milky ...
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What does it mean for a map to be “coadded”?

So there is this wiktionary definition of coaddition, but it's rather brief. Could anyone expand on this, perhaps giving a short example and explaining why its useful? The context that I initially ...
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Metal-rich star formation

While discussing star formation on cosmological scales with some classmates, we mentioned the breakdown between the different stellar populations via metallicity: Population III: $Z = [{\rm Fe/H}] ...
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Variable speed of light impact on spectral absorption lines in distance luminous objects?

There are many other arguments as to the constancy of the speed of light (or more precisely, c). One thing I have been curious is what would the impact be on spectral measurements from distant ...
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Do intergalactic magnetic fields imply an Open Universe?

According to a paper on the arXiv (now published in Phys Rev D), they do. How credible is this result? The abstract says: The detection of magnetic fields at high redshifts, and in empty ...
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What does it mean for a state to have a negative partial decay width?

I don't understand what it means when a particular decay mode has a negative partial decay width. I'm guessing the total decay width for a particular system must always be positive (now that wouldn't ...
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Where can I find accesible educational material on the formation of the solar system?

I'm kind of scathing my head over this. First of all, I'm not a physicist of any kind, I'm a software developer, but I'm also a bit passionate about astronomy(usually read the news) and in my free ...
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What is the most commonly used density model for globular clusters?

It is possible to model a globular cluster using a number of different density models: Plummer model King model Isothermal sphere . . . They all have advantages and disadvantages, depending on ...
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How are planets distributed in elliptical galaxies?

I'm trying to figure out if planets are equally distributed in galaxies (I'm assuming they aren't) or if there is some logic behind their distribution.
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Classification of binary star system

I'm not an astrophysicist, but I'm studying a binary star system and I need some clarification about star classification. The spectrum seems to be F8V-like. The absolute magnitude is between 12 and ...
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Startups for astrophysics [duplicate]

Between astrophysics and quantum mechanics both are interesting and I've had an answer for quantum mechanics but is there anywhere I should start at first or any books? I'm 14 so I don't really know ...
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Does a planet's orbital angular momentum affect its rotational angular momentum?

For example: If the moon was closer to the earth, assuming the orbital momentum was conserved and not worrying about earth's rotation, would the moon's rotation rate be effected?
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Dust mass-loss rate from a massive star given a set of parameters?

I've been looking for examples at how mass-loss rates are determined. I'm studying a circumstellar dust shell ejected from a Wolf-Rayet star. I have some parameters like, expansion velocity of the ...
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Limitations of 2D point-mass Dynamics of the solar system

To model the solar system, I took the planets to be point masses, used newtonian mechanics and modelled the orbits as circular (only Mercury's orbit has appreciable eccentricity). The entire system is ...
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How is it possible that Thermosphere can maintain so much heat? [closed]

Thermosphere is the Layer of Atmosphere in approx 100-1000 km altitude. Particles in thermosphere are typically at 1400 K temperature. But the sun activity can raise the temperature up to 2300 K. ...
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How and why do sunspots occur?

I am studying sunspot behavior, and the causes for the occurrence sunspots occur. I've come across the phrase 'local magnetic fields of the Sun'. I have no idea what that means. Can someone please ...
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How do we know what happens to stars during their life cycle?

It is common knowledge than Sun-sized stars will eventually become red giants, and later they will get gradually smaller again until they cool down into a brown dwarf, and that bigger stars can ...
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Simple metric of stellar collapse

Is there a simple metric (Lorentzian manifold) known which exhibits the formation of a black hole while not having any white hole counterpart and which moreover satisfies the strong and dominant ...
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Can a perfect insulator, i.e. matter devoid of all electrons conduct electricity?

Few weeks ago an article on Nautilus was published on Neutron stars. After reading that, a question was asked by a friend of mine. He asked if matter in neutron star would be able to transfer ...
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Visible Mass Distribution in a Galaxy [closed]

Is there any known relationship between stellar density and distance from the galactic centre? I want to know how the visible matter is distributed in the galaxy, especially at the bulge.
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As the World Turns [closed]

Does the Earth's axis change with the magnetic reversal as it is taking place?
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What is the largest possible mass for a stable planet made of iron?

Consider a large spherical planet made of pure iron. Think of something similar to Mercury or Earth without its mantle, only much bigger, though those planets have elements other than iron mixed in ...
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How much faster is the fusion we make on earth compared to the fusion that happens in the sun?

I have come across many websites that states that the proton-proton fusion which is the dominant type of fusion that powers the suns, is extremely slow and that is why the sun is still burning to that ...
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How do we know that these radio bursts are from billions of light-years away?

NASA just announced that they detected the first radio bursts from outside of our galaxy. Astronomers, including a team member from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., have ...
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Lower limits for steady-state black holes

Stellar mass (and larger) black holes emit Hawking radiation below the temperature of the cosmic microwave background; thus, they should always absorb more energy from space than they emit, and always ...