I understand that absorption lines are used to identify elements but how are individual absorption spectrums identified in the light that is received by a telescope?
People wait for decades to catch the chance of a solar eclipse to observe the sun. Why cannot they do it every noon?
How precise can the measurements be when looking at spectral lines in astrophysics? For example, suppose I have a telescope in orbit, and I am looking at $H_\alpha$ lines coming from a star at 613 ...
A follow-up to my earlier question How would one navigate interstellar space? that just occurred to me; albeit on a different tack. Sol is probably in a state of continuous flux. The change of state ...
Given temperature, composition, column density, and radial velocity, can I find the bulk flow of a gas cloud?
We've got a hot star in the middle of a gas cloud. We point a spectrometer at the star, calculating the following attributes of our line of sight at the star through the cloud: Total number of ...
Ordinary matter and antimatter have the same physical properties when it comes to, for example, spectroscopy. Hydrogen and antihydrogen atoms produce the same spectroscopy when excited, and adsorb the ...