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Reference policy

The site intend to be a Q&A site for astronomers and astrophysicists, even though amateur questions are welcome. It therefore seems to me that, since it is a "science professional" site, we should ...
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Topic of the Week Archive

This is the archive of all Topics of the Week whose end date was more than 30 days ago. Return to the main Topic of the Week thread
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Are there enough new questions coming in?

When looking at the list of questions on main from the "newest" tab and scrolling back in time, it seems to me (without extracting statistics), that there are hardly 5 new questions coming in each day ...
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Off-site Astronomy community promotion ads

Should we make some to help get some more traffic here from other stacks? Does anyone have design ideas? For clarity, I am asking if we should make an ad for Astronomy.SE to put on other stacks. ...
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Reference material

This community wiki is a one-stop shop for astronomy-related textual resources. Feel free to make recommendations of resources that you find particularly useful in the study of astronomy. Original ...
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Why was this question migrated to space exploration?

This question: What is a "Space elevator"? was migrated to the space exploration SE. Whats the line between astronomy and the Space exploration SE site? The name would suggest that all space ...
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Guideline regarding abbreviations

On Space Exploration we had a discussion before about the use of the abbreviations. Over there we decided to make our guideline: write things out in full the first time (with abbreviations in ...
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Should we add non-physical and/or astrology questions to the off-topic list?

In the last couple of days we had some weird question: (this and this) and a question about astrology. My gut feeling is that as the number of people using ...
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Equipment discussions (telescopes, astrophotography etc)

Should we encourage questions about amateur astronomy? i.e. what are the advantages of Dobsonian telescopes? How do I build a telescope? How do I get started on astrophotography? Although it could be ...
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Non-expert questions

Specifically, mine. As you would know, I am not a professional nor expert in astronomy (am an applied atmospheric physicist and a teacher and as I often say in chat, I am as dumb as a box of rocks), ...
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How do we determine what geoscience questions are in scope?

We have basically three classes of geoscience questions here: Specific Geoscience Questions Day and night temperature on an earthlike planet with longer rotational period (Note: Says "earth-like&...
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How much is astrophysics, cosmology, and theoretical astrophysics on topic?

There have been some concerns raised about cosmology and theoretical astrophysics, as well as astrophysics in general. The concern is that this community does not support astrophysics questions, ...
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Areas of interest and expertise of members

It would be interesting if members (should they choose to) detailed their areas of interest and expertise. Just as a very rough gauge about where the community is at with regards to Astronomy.
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Astronomers: What magazines do you subscribe to?

The Astro mods are considering the possibility of getting some ads put in astronomy-related magazines for Astronomy.SE. We could easily look up some popular magazines, and we probably will. But I ...
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Topic of the Week: [astrometry]

Topic of the week is a week where we make an effort to ask and answer more questions around a specific tag, this brings more attention to the topic which in turn should bring us more views and users ...
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Please, use capitalisation of proper nouns

This is my request for everyone to use capitalisation for proper nouns. I've seen it misused in many questions and their respective answers on our main Q&A and they often cause problems with ...
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What's on topic on this site?

Now that you've got moderators, you can edit the on-topic page in your help center! Cheers! Now what do you put there? Post your points in the answers below, and vote for them.
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Custom Off Topic close reasons

It would be useful if we could have some custom off topic close reasons. One of the most useful ones would be: Close as Product Recommendation Any others?
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Should this site allow questions related to extraterrestrial life?

I just made a proposal on Area 51 for a Q&A site related to alien lifeforms, and someone mentioned that it should be the part of Astronomy. What is the right path? Should it be a separated site ...
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What is the status of this beta?

I am wondering what the status of this beta is? Are we going to launch or are we going to fold (and our posts migrated)? The drop off in activity can be explained as a sign that we need new members, ...
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Is tag “trajectory” necessary?

FYI, I created a new tag, trajectory. I thought I should ask it not if I was too lame to ask before creating, so there wouldn't be too late to delete it in case. Is this tag necessary or is tag orbit ...
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How is the current Astronomy compared with the old one?

As everyone should know that there is another old closed Astronomy SE. So how is the current website compared with the old one? In particular, how about the question quality? I am not quite sure ...
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Why is the general public more interested in Astronomy than other branches of Physics and Cosmology?

I am just curious about why it is the case. It seems to me that it is even true when compared with Cosmology, which studies similar things. I feel that the people just want to look at stars, and I ...
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Concerns about this site

(Apologies in advance if I seem to wander in this post. I'm having a multitude of thoughts and I'm not quite sure how t organize them) Ever since I've joined, I've been a bit uneasy about this site. ...
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Everyone ask ONE expert question today!

We're having some... Trouble. Namely, we have been held back from graduating to a public beta for one more week. Why? Many of our questions are very basic. How can we fix this? Ask more meaty ...
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NOT READY FOR PUBLIC BETA — What function should this site serve?

We've decided to keep Astronomy Stack Exchange in PRIVATE beta for one more week. The Community Manager team reviewed the site so far and, while we love the enthusiasm here, we are deeply concerned ...
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Homework policy

Although this issue more than likely won't be as much of an issue as say, Physics.SE and Mathematics.SE, there could still be astronomy-based homework questions. I think we need to hash out a ...
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Keeping Tabs on Astronomy.SE's Progress

Let me start out by saying that I sincerely hope this site gets off the ground. This is the first beta I've participated in, so I don't know how we're doing in comparison to other sites at the same ...
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Tags to synonymise, merge or nuke

I have just reached the 'can make tag synonyms', so thought making this discussion would be prudent. Which tags should be synonymised, merged or nuked. Discuss them here!
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Will accounts and reputation points be kept after becoming a public beta?

I've never participated in any Stack Exchange private betas before so I'm curious what happens with the site when we leave private beta? I think, questions won't be deleted. Or are they? What about ...
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Let's ask more meaty questions!

It's been an exciting first (partial) week. We've got 105 questions (and counting) with a number of interesting and useful answers. However, I'm concerned that too many of your questions do not, um, ...
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Attribution of sources used in questions and answers

Any and all sources, particularly when we are quoting from another website, journal article, book etc. must be properly attributed to the source. Attributions can take the following forms (and folks ...
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Who should our moderators be?

Our moderators pro tempore have already been selected. See Moderator Pro Tem Announcement Original Post: If your meta site does not have a post to nominate Moderators, start one now! Pro Tem ...
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Deja Vu? How do we keep the site alive?

First of all, I am happy to see this topic getting another go! I love the field, and wish to contribute as much as possible. So this was tried a while back, and sadly the site didn't survive. It ended ...
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Planetary tags for our solar system versus exoplanets

So far we have tags for Venus, Uranus and Neptune (from my questions), I am sure the rest of the solar system planet tags have either already been made or will be soon. We also have an exoplanet tag ...
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Questions Which Are Cosmological in Nature [duplicate]

There have been a number of posts so far discussing the scope of this astronomy SE site. Physics-y questions seem to be okay if the physics is directly related to astronomical/astrophysical objects (...
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Balance between professional and enthusiast questions

Something that just occurred to me and probably needs to be discussed - the balance needed between professional and enthusiast questions. There hasn't really been any problems here thus far, but this ...
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Are physicsy questions on-topic here? [duplicate]

I'm seeing quite a few physicsy questions. Are they on topic here? Examples: If nothing travels at the speed of light, except light, how can a black hole also pull light into itself? https://...
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Should tags reflect questions exclusively or the entire question-answer post

This question has been discussed on other stackexchange sites as well but I feel this is a good time to ask it and get a basic understanding of where we are at. So here we go. When asking questions ...
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What should our chatroom be named?

Currently, our chatroom has the (rather unexciting) name 'Colloquium'. In my opinion, we should not be using a common ancient Roman phrase for this modern site. What should our chatroom be named? ...
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How to draw a line between Astrophysics and Physics, if there is any posibility?

There is not really much to say. Ideas?
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Should we use fahrenheit or celsius? Does it matter?

There are two major measurement units: Fahrenheit and Celsius. Us crazy American enthusiasts often use the Fahrenheit system, while the rest of the world uses primarily the Celsius (metric) system. ...
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Where do we draw the line concerning planetary science questions?

Exoplanet questions and other planetary science questions seem to be valid here, on Space Exploration, and on Physics. Where do we draw the line on what is valid where? exoplanet

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