There is this new proposal that is quite hot on Area51 now. Scientific Imagination. As it's description says, it is for the people who are interested in questions involving imaginary scenarios and scientific, educational, and fun answers for those questions.

I found some questions that might be on-topic here:

However the difference of this from Stack Exchange science sites is, the proposal is intended to be like what-if.xkcd.com. So it does not only ask for answers, but also invites answerers to let loose their imagination.

Do any of you think this proposal could be a partial duplicate of Astronomy?

  • $\begingroup$ I made a comment to that effect at the Scientific Imagination proposal. There are a lot of questions there that would be on-topic here, or on other SE sites. The only quibble I would have with a question being on Scientific Imagination would be if it could be answered much better on another science SE, which is the case with the questions you referenced above. $\endgroup$
    – HDE 226868 Mod
    Aug 31, 2014 at 14:53
  • $\begingroup$ @HDE226868: The issue is, there is a danger that all of these example questions can be quickly closed as off topic, as they do no represent a real life scenario. $\endgroup$ Aug 31, 2014 at 23:46
  • $\begingroup$ The first two questions you listed would actually be frowned upon here as too hypothetical. The last one would be ok. $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage Mod
    Sep 2, 2014 at 13:39
  • $\begingroup$ The second is certainly too hypothetical, but I would argue that the first one is on-topic here if and only if the OP wanted to know about, say, the effects on the orbits of the planets - i.e. gravitational effects. For example, there is a question on Astronomy.SE called "What would be the effects on Earth if Jupiter was turned into a star?", which sees awfully similar, yet garnered 149+ views, four answers, and two votes. Then again, I don't have the rep to see if there were any "close" votes against it. $\endgroup$
    – HDE 226868 Mod
    Sep 2, 2014 at 18:43
  • $\begingroup$ Amending my last comment: I now have the rep and have found that as of this moment, there are no close votes against it. $\endgroup$
    – HDE 226868 Mod
    Sep 6, 2014 at 21:19


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