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### Do we need a tag [agn] or is [active-galaxy] enough?

I was a bit suprised that agn did not exist, and neither does active-galactic-nucleus, and I just created it because a search showed 72 results (as of 2021-04-15). On second thought, it is probably a ...
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### Changing the question based on new evidence or asking a new question?

Context I've asked a question on why some graph absorption pattern is shown on Earth. Based on information that Venus did not show this pattern. However, I could at the time not find a source that ...
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### Reviving the Astronomy SE blog

Our blog, An Eye On the Universe, has been inactive for two years. I recently joined the short list of contributors (see these posts: 1 and 2), and have begun to contribute to the blog. So I am ...
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### Regarding the state of our chat room

Our chat room, the Observatory, has existed for almost 10 years, yet it doesn't have many messages in it. On average these days, one message is posted every week, mainly regarding interesting ...
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Recently, I left a few comments on different posts, and received negative responses from other users. In the past, I have left the same kind of comment before, without any complications. So is there ...
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### Should we delete this closed, cross-posted Spaceflight question and get rid of the Kerbal Space Program tag at the same time?

Multiple aerobraking from 2016 was closed as off-topic but the OP reposted the same question in Space SE before it could be migrated. It was very well received there and has several good answers, ...
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### How could I calculate my (theoretical) candidate score automatically?

We did it! We had the first election (well, kind of) and we have a new moderator! I figured what the candidate score is The Candidate Score can range from 0 to 40, and is calculated as follows: 1 ...
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### 2021 Community Moderator Election Results

Astronomy's first election has come to a close. We are delighted to appoint your new moderator: He'll be joining the existing crew. Please thank him for volunteering, and share your assistance and ...
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### Let's congratulate Connor Garcia on becoming our next moderator!

Congratulations!!! Today, @ConnorGarcia was appointed as our next moderator!1 So I just want to give a huge shoutout to him for having courage to self-nominate and take on a task that requires much ...
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### 2021 Moderator Election Q&A - Question suggestions

Taking a look at other Stack Exchange elections, it seems like they all have "Moderator Q&A," where candidates answer questions about moderating, allowing voters to see what kind of ...
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### How to calculate longitude of Alcyone - η Tauri in the year 41050 BCE? [migrated]

Using the following information from The Skylive, and simple arithmetic I tried to calculate longitude of Alcyone in the year 41050 BCE at a place: 29.9457 N , 78.1642 E. Galactic Longitude 166.67°, ...
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### Is “voids(s)” a synonym of “interstellar-space”?

Is the (newly suggested tag) voids a synonym of interstellar or interstellar-medium? I am asking since I have not yet observed that term being used by astrophysicists, but that's just my subsample. ...
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### Should we have an observation-campaign tag and what is good usage advice for it?

I've just asked Is there a collection or list of all planned observations of 99942 Apophis during it's close pass to Earth? and added a new observation-campaign tag to it. We have many questions ...
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### 2021 Community Moderator Election

The 2021 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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### Announcing a Pro Tempore election

Summary: Astronomy Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on March 29 to bring in one more moderator. For full details of the process, see the announcement on Meta Stack ...
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### Strategy for getting the best answer(s) to my question about electron-multiplying CCDs?

How often are electron-multiplying CCDs used in telescope focal planes? Will Nancy Grace Roman be the first use in a space telescope? has been around almost two months but so far there are no answers ...
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We've got a bunch of questions over the years about "Are we graduating soon?" and "When is the next moderator election?", etc. Just recently, I noticed that the sidebar for ...
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### 999 questions with no answers and counting (downwards)

Recently I started focusing on older unanswered questions, and I realized that today we reached 999 questions with no answers and I find this repdigit number (German: Schnapszahl) worth mentioning or ...
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### What is a healthy number of bounties?

I am slowly understanding what the beta-state means. I saw the Key Performance Indicators and I am trying to improve the ones in status "okay" by getting involved, e.g. asking or answering ...
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### Towards defining the tags “electromagnetic-spectrum” and “wavelength”

I have yet another question about tags, this time it is about electromagnetic-spectrum (with 7 questions as of February 18th, 2021) and wavelength (with 23 questions). The tags are different on ...
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### High-energy-astrophysics vs. particles and other tags in the same field

This a follow-up discussion to high-energy-astrophysics tag usage guideline, could this be improved? There are currently (February 17th, 2021) only 9 questions tagged particles, compared 22 questions ...
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### high-energy-astrophysics tag usage guideline, could this be improved?

There is a proposed edit to provide users with the following guideline when choosing the high-energy-astrophysics tag. This is the message that would pop up when someone started typing "high-ener....
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### What distinguishes the “nomenclature” from “definition”?

Can nomenclature and definition be regareded as synonyms? Right now (February 16th, 2021), there are only 2 records tagged as nomenclature, and only 4 with tag definition. This is not many, I agree, ...
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### Tag usage guidelines are being copy/pasted with WIkipedia definitions insensitive to astronomical context and unhelpful when needed most

There have been several tag Wiki and Wiki excerpt edits in the last half-day that appear to be copy/pasted from Wikipedia without regard to the astronomical context of the terms. I've voted to reject ...
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### Synonym suggestion for [tag:tides]

Currently (as of February 12, 2021), the yet undefined tag tides has only 27 occurences, which compares to the tag tidal-forces with 78 occurences. I suggest, that make tides a synonym of tidal-forces ...
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### How to proceed with tags with only a single occurence?

What is the correct way of treating rare tags, say with a single occurence? I just figured out that tags without any occurrence are most likely synonyms (which is not obvious from the tag-overview ...
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### Is the tag “measurement” a synonym of “observational-astronomy”?

I came across the rather rare (8 occurrences as of February 12, 2021) and yet undefined tag measurement which seems to be a synonym for the ubiquitous (728 times used) tag observational-astronomy. Do ...
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### What's the point of the tag “laws-of-physics”?

As mentioned previously, whenever I have time, I am trying to add descriptions to tags which are yet undefined. I came across the laws-of-physics tag which is ...
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### Tags “planetary-atmosphere” vs. “atmosphere”?

While looking for tags without any definition (in order to suggest one), I came across the tag planetary-atmosphere vs. ...
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### Tag synonym suggestion for planetary-science

I do not quite understand why we need the tag planetary-science since we have planet as widely used tag. To be quantitative: It is 37 agains 607 (as of February 11, 2021). If we could all agree on ...
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### How can we can bring questions about radio astronomy observational techniques to the eyes of radio telescopists?

Here are ten questions about observational radio astronomy that are either unanswered (eight) or have no accepted answer (two). These are selected from my own questions only so far, there may be ...
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### Should we link to the PDF or to the abstract or source page for scholarly references? Does it matter which?

We strongly discourage link-only answers for several reasons, one of which is that if/when the link breaks or rots the answer becomes useless and future readers are left with a non-answer. In this ...
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### Is a charged-coupled-devices tag okay? If so, what would be good usage guidance for it?

I've just added the new tag charge-coupled-devices to How often are electron-multiplying CCDs used in telescope focal planes? Will Nancy Grace Roman be the first use in a space telescope? since that's ...
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### Why do we care if Pluto is classified as a planet? [closed]

Why do we care if Pluto is classified as a planet? Classification doesn't change anything fundamental about Pluto, like the orbital parameters or composition. We can't hurt an inanimate object's ...
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### 2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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### Is it possible to recover the text from my polarization-dependent apodization question about CHIME?

Canada's CHIME radio telescope is a unique design which is discussed at some length in this answer. I a comment below the question there I link to a question (presumably of mine) titled How does ...
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### Can we make arguments that Pluto should be considered a planet off-topic?

It has been over 14 years since the IAU passed its definition of what constitutes a planet, and we still get arguments (mostly rants) against that decision. For example, Where to submit, or ask to ...
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### Tag definitions for solar-flare and solar-storm?

The solar-storm tag has 8 questions and no usage guidance. The solar-flare tag has 32 questions and the following guidance: Questions regarding a sudden brightness increase due to the release of ...
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### Cavalier insta-closing of a new user's first question without even giving them a chance to respond?

A new user, just joined today, asked their first question. When this happens I think of "be welcoming" before I think of "what can I close today?" After only a few hours close as ...
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### What do folks think about adding (time-) dispersion and time-domain tags?

For Do ASKAP and ALMA have "fast dump" interferometric modes? Can they see and perhaps report Fast Radio Bursts in real time? I've created two new tags: [tag:] and [tag:]. Before I start ...
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### Post your pictures of the Great Conjunction here!

today and tomorrow are the times when Jupiter and Saturn are really close to each other (less than a tenth of a degree apart)!!! So I just want to reach out to everyone for them to share their photos ...
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### How to use the tags specific-tag and tagging tags here in meta? Do we need all of them?

I've tagged I think that we have no good tags for solar-system-evolution or asteroid-formation or asteroid-evolution. Should we? with tags, specific-tag and tagging because I don't know which ones to ...
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### I think that we have no good tags for solar-system-evolution or asteroid-formation or asteroid-evolution. Should we?

The questions What is the YORP effect exactly? Is it just the non-central component of the Yarkovsky effect? Where have all the Vulcanoids gone? (and there are likely other examples) ask bout a ...
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### Should the wording on the 'close vote' window dialogue be changed?

If a question on Astronomy Stack Exchange is off-topic and we vote to close, we get this window: Then, if we click on "A community-specific reason" we get this window: This kind of implies ...
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### Shall we continue to agree that good SETI and extraterrestrial questions are on-topic? What about METI?

We currently have 19 questions tagged with seti One was recently closed and one has two close votes, and extra-terrestrial has 35 questions. Going through these it seems that some good SETI and ...
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### When is the next Moderator Election?

Okay, so our newest moderator (HDE 226868) was appointed in 2018. So I am wondering, when will our next moderator election occur?
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### Congratulations Astronomy Stack Exchange for 10k questions!

I just checked the question count, and discovered that we hit 10k overnight (well actually a few hours after 0:00 UTC) :D So I just want to say congratulations to everyone here, the moderators, all ...
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### Should the tags stellar-classification and spectral-type be merged?

We have two tags, spectral-type and stellar-classification. The former appears to be slightly more popular, and the latter appears to have been mostly used on questions about spectral types? Do we ...
When using the SI unit in the sinunitx package on the astronomy StackExchange page, it cannot display the correct unit I was hoping for: $1\mathrm{kg}$ instead of $\SI{1}{kg}$