# Tagged Questions

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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### Luminosity of a star vs. absolute luminosity

The equations for the habitable zone of a star call for the "absolute luminosity". Is this different from the luminosity value calculated by $AσT^4$ (Stefan-Boltzmann law)? If so, how, and how can I ...
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### What is meant by Hydrogen dilution in Plasma?

I was going through the paper of methanol masers and it says that for a strong maser the geometrical dilution factor of HII emission should have low values. What is the meaning geometrical dilution ...
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### How Long Did It Take For The Sun To Form?

I realise this may be a difficult question to answer because, AFAIK, we don't have an accurate estimate of the size of the protostellar cloud, or whether our sun formed from a subsection of a much ...
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### Size and density of neutron stars

Most of the books which I looked at give approximately 10 km as the radius of a neutron star. Just yesterday I looked at a book by Dave Goldberg titled The Universe In the Rearview Mirror (2013) which ...
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### Books for someone interested in physics/space [duplicate]

As an avid reader of more realistic SF and someone who has always been interested in physics and astrophysics, I was wondering if someone could suggest both some introductory books on the subject, and ...
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### What is the physical meaning of source function in Radiative transfer? [closed]

What is the importance of source function?What does that actually mean? I know that it's a ratio of emission coefficient to absorption coefficient. But I am not able to understand its physical meaning....
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### Determining Mass of Spectroscopic Binaries

I know that the mass of a binary star system is given by Kepler's Law: $$\mathrm{m_1 + m_2 = \frac{4 \pi^2 r^3}{GT^2}}$$ Further we know that: $$\frac{r_2}{r_1} = \frac{v_2}{v_1} = \frac{m_1}{m_2}$$ ...
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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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### Why isn't dark matter just matter?

There's more gravitational force in our galaxy (and others) than can be explained by counting stars. So why not lots of dark planetery systems (ie without stars) ? Why must we assume some undiscovered ...
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### Great Void negative gravity [closed]

According Integrated Sachs–Wolfe effect on light, Great Void should have relatively negative gravity - it just push mater out, and maybe even light. What is cosmic speed hypothetical spaceship should ...
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### Why don't galaxies orbit each other?

Planets orbit around stars, satellites orbit around planets, even stars orbit each other. So the question is: Why don't galaxies orbit each other in general, as it's rarely observed? Is it considered ...