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How does Astronomy, amateur and professional, contribute to humanity and a better world?

I think this is a good question to ask. There are possibly many aspects to this question. Astronomy and seeking knowledge has lead to the development of space probes, space science, development of ...
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What are the intended boundaries of this question and answers community?

Is the intended group to be serviced by this Q&A community the professional and semi-professional amateur astronomers on specific technical questions. Or is it intended to include astronomy ...
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What to do when an edit forms an totally different question which is a good question at all anyway?

Yesterday I asked this question: What's the distinction between "planetary formation mechanisms" and "gravitational collapse"? And it got edited when I had not that much time ...
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“Just Google it” answers

I didn't notice anything that really leaned one way or the other on this, but let me know if this is redundant or irrelevant. Should answers such as Jack R. Woods's answer on this question be ...
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Is this question acceptable?

I want to ask a question about amateur observing but I am little concerned that it could be considered opinion based and closed. Below is my question, please do not try to answer it here but instead ...
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Can we change the tags from sun to Sun and moon to Moon?

A recent question raised a problem with the current tags. When referring to the Sun, our star, capitals should be used. This tag could rarely be misused, but that is not the case for the Moon, which ...
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Are questions that require calculations off-topic?

I've asked a question about the recent solar eclipse (March 8-9, 2016) that requires some basic eclipse geometry calculations. Someone who does this will understand how to deal with the plane - I've ...
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New name suggestion: Astronomy & Astrophysics

I had the idea that we could include Astrophysics in the name of this SE because it better reflects the nature of questions we receive. As well as being about observations of the sky (Astronomy) we ...
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Should we have a speed-of-light tag?

I have seen a few questions relating to or using light speed. These seem to often be tagged with speed and/or light. I would think the speed tag would be better categorised as kinematics/motion sort ...
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Data analysis projects fora newly renovated desktop?

I just renovated a desktop that had been in storage for a while, and I'd like to come up with some big data analysis projects to run on it in the background. Does anyone have any ideas, know of any ...
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Astronomy Jokes

What are the best astronomy jokes you've ever heard? I'm looking for images; however, you can share whatever you like.
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Shouldn't we fuse “planet” and “planets” tags?

I recently noticed that we have both planet and planets tags. I may be wrong, but aren't both of them used in the same ways? Shouldn't we fuse them or label them as synonyms? I think this is an ...
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Shouldn't we Provide Explanations for “Unscientific” Questions?

I encountered this question on the main site that was deemed "unscientific" with no explanation, and then closed. I believe that this site is for answering questions, not avoiding them. Shouldn't we ...
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What is the present expertise of astronomy beta

What is the expertise of this site and how far it is change from beta to normal?What's preventing it to change from beta?
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Should out of date/obsolete questions be closed

This question about a sky object from 2013 is of not much value anymore, even if we assume an event that repeats yearly. (It's not a good question either: no location, no picture or sketch) Do we ...
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Are order of magnitude approximation questions on-topic?

Are order of magnitude approximation questions on-topic? e.g. How long (order of magnitude) did it take for Pluto to form to 90% of its size? This seems like an on-topic Astrophysics problem, but ...
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How are we doing compared to the previous Astronomy site?

There was an older Astronomy site that was closed 3 years ago for lack of activity. I wasn't around then - nor was I around for the start of this incarnation - so I have no idea what it was like back ...
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Is this a duplicate tag?

Here on page 9 of the tags list, there's a tag named "foundamental-astronomy", which seems to be a duplicate of "fundamental-astronomy". The tag description is the same, and when I click on it, it ...
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Are questions about installing astronomy-related python packages on topic?

In particular, PyRAF is a tool for analyzing spectra. Aside from its documentation there are few online resources about it, and no question and answer sites for it. Can the Astronomy Stack Exchange ...
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Thought Experiments?

Should one ask questions regarding some thought experiments on the Astronomy Stack Exchange? (Assuming that these thought experiments are somewhat related to astronomy/astrophysics but aren't ...
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Let's get critical: Apr 2015 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Astronomy Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what ...
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Is it ever acceptable for answers to cut and paste answers from other sites?

I have noticed that a large (increasing?) fraction of Astronomy SE answers appear to be relying very heavily on simply cutting and pasting material from other sites. Where this is done without ...
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What to do with non-scientific or pseudo-scientific answers?

Specifically, for some reason this question on heliocentricity seems to invite a lot of views outside the realm of the modern science. One had been there for nearly a year, another appeared sometime ...
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What in the world do we do with this question?

I'm talking about this one, posted in min-January. When I came to the site in August, it had been stagnant for a while, and two months later, nothing has changed (not that I would expect something to, ...
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How this question is off-topic?

I mean this question: How would Earth's climate differ if it's axis were tilted around 90 degrees like Uranus? The closing moderator said the question is about Earth science, but in fact the ...
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Let's get critical: Oct 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Astronomy Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what ...
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Is there a 'birthday' evaluation on the table?

Congratulations to the site on one full year in beta! I've only been using the site for about two months now, but I've been encouraged by its progress. I know from looking through Meta that there ...
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Status of Astronomy Stack Exchange Site

What is current status of Astronomy Stackexchange site? Is it a Full Site now or still in beta stage? Where can I find the status of Stackexchange Site (e.g. Private beta or beta or a Full Site)? I ...
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Is More Math Important For This Site?

A quick glance at Physics SE shows that there is a lot more math used on that site, generally in answers. Granted, there are a lot of physics concepts (not including those oh-so-treacherous homework-...
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Could the proposal Scientific Imagination be kind of a duplicate of Astronomy?

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 ...
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What can we do about the deteriorating quality of questions?

I was an active member during the beta launch of this site, checking the site regularly for questions I could answer and writing exhaustive answers. Since the past 2 months or so, increasing number ...
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Do questions about the history and discoveries of astronomy belong here?

For instance, if I were to have a question about the discovery of certain astronomical facts/ideas, is this the right place for it? Like, the who/when/how something was discovered? Simple example: ...
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What is the difference between astronomy and space stack exchange websites?

I have been going through some questions on astronomy.stackexchange.com and noticed that some questions were merged from space.stackexchange.com and vise versa. My question is simply what is the ...
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Policy on asking for book recommendations

I want to ask a question asking for book recommendations (specifically an introductory text on cosmology for advanced undergrad/beginning grad level). I am wondering what the policy is for asking for ...
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Should a link to earthscience.SE be added to the custom off-topic close reason?

One of the custom off-topic close reasons on this site currently reads as follows: Questions about Earth science, unless directly related to phenomena observable on other celestials, Solar system ...
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Overly restrictive requirements on citing sources?

I recently answered a question and was told by several moderators that I need to add sources. Is this really an appropriate thing to require for a Q&A website? I think that you can assume that if ...
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Let's get critical: Apr 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Astronomy Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what ...
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Question on daily inequality for tides

https://astronomy.stackexchange.com/questions/2096/why-is-there-a-daily-inequality-for-low-tides I understand the reason for asking this question on Astronomy. The OP likely assumed that the answer ...
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At least two answers per question reasonable?

If I remember correctly, one of the guidelines to help beta stack exchanges eventually earn full stack exchange status, is to have an average of two answers per question. Certainly for questions that ...
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Why was my comment removed?

I posted a comment to this answer. It was about the irrelevance of giving numbers in 18 significant digits, especially if one of the factors for the calculation only has 4 significant digits. I ...
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Where should I put this question?

It's not a scientific one but it would be interesting to read some answers. Probably meta is a good place, but inside astronomy.stackexchange it would get more reads. The question would be something ...
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Introduction to astronomy

I'm really interested in astronomy since I began watching the night sky with my binoculars and found the view above me so beautiful. For some reason, I didn't notice that we had such a thing above us, ...
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Would we benefit from having a self-answered question explaining why the “dark side of the moon” terminology is confusing?

I notice that it comes up a lot around here and Space Exploration that someone seems to have a misconception regarding the "dark side of the moon". Would it be beneficial to our community to have a ...
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Let's get critical: Jan 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Astronomy Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what ...
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Are questions easily answered by Google or Wikipedia on-topic here?

This question ("What is the Great Attractor?") is the one that prompted me to ask this, but it's a more general question. If a question like "What is Foo?" can be quickly answered by, for example, ...
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External resource questions on Astronomy

This question has been flagged as possibly being off topic with the reason "Request for an external resource - normally considered off topic on other sites." In the case of this specific question, I ...
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What are online options for anyone without an astronomy background who wants to contribute to the study of space?

With the advent of the internet, crowdsourcing and communities, many ways to help astronomers worldwide to obtain and analyse data have been proposed; from the comfort of your own home or office, you ...
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“Topic of the week” post was created by User8 but it seems he no longer exists

Let's try to keep the Topic of the week alive, this week no topic was chosen.
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Do questions about Hubble and Voyager belong here?

Do questions about man-made objects in space (such as Hubble, Voyager, the Apollo shuttles, etc) fit into this site, or is the site more aimed at cosmology and astrophysics? (the current questions ...
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To the more Knowledgeable people of Astronomy se, why not try asking questions and answering them yourself?

It came to my attention that one of the possibilities offered by stack exchange is to answer your own questions. Would it help to get out of beta if people asked questions about a subject they care ...