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Is “solve this n-body system for me” on topic here?

Are worldbuilding-style questions which boil down to "is this n-body system I've invented stable" on-topic for this site? As examples I am talking about things like Is this a potential planetary ...
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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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Why are other questions about messages to aliens on-topic but this one isn't? Was answer-blocking premature in this case?

These seem to be accepted by the community Who or what will the Arecibo message reach? +6, 1 answer Is broadcasting the location of Earth to potential extraterrestial civilization regulated? +5, 1 ...
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Is astrobiology on topic here?

A question that occurred to me in regards to the off-topic closure of this question about Martian tetanus, are questions about astrobiology on topic here? The parts of the question about human ...
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Should questions about specific geographic features on rocky planets in our solar system be on-topic here?

Planetary science questions are generally on-topic both here and in Space Exploration SE. The recent and rapidly answered question How can I find the depth of a portion of the Valles Marineris? ...
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Should I have asked this Space Telescope question here instead?

I posted Will the James Webb Space Telescope be able to see the Spitzer Space Telescope (assuming…)? in Space Exploration SE because the observer and observed are both spacecraft, but now I'm ...
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Is “what star did I see?” on topic?

What do we do with questions that can be answered easily by opening Stellarium or other similar software, such as Several stars in line Which Planet/Star is it? What's that very bright star (south-...
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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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Is the [ufo] tag on-topic for this site?

Is the [ufo] tag actually on-topic for this site? The help page discourages questions about satellites and notes we are not a UFO-reporting site. Most of the questions tagged with this are of the "...
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Are all questions asking for simple explanations really off-topic? Or should we rethink the site's “purpose” statement?

A comment on the question How moon is visible during sun is still shining, simple explanation please! says in part: I appreciate your attempt to meet the OP's request for a simple explanation, but ...
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Are questions about phenomenon only observed in certain YouTube channels on-topic?

The question What phenomenon causes “lunar waves”? links to YouTube videos posted by individual contributors, one laments being ignored by the scientific community. The comment exchange is extensive ...
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Nuclear physics, relativity theory and quantum mechanic on Astronomy SE

Are questions about nuclear physics, relativity theory and quantum mechanics on topic? I'm asking this because I'm trying to send a question about relativity theory on SE. But I don't know where can I ...
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Is the topic scope too confusing for new users?

Recently, a new user, who I would consider to be a reasonable individual who actually took the time to try to learn the system, complained that the topic scope of the site is too confusing for new ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Can I ask about earth-like planets?

I have seen that there are no views for my question about earth-like planets. So I wanted to ask here on meta that whether I can ask question about this or not. Earth-like is absolutely astronomy, is ...