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Should this question be reformulated or shold I post a new question?

It seems there are many approaches to calculate the speed of Sun (for instance: Oort constant, CMBR, and others). Instead of having a "correct answer", what about "survey answers"? ...
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Post your pictures of the Beaver Moon Lunar Eclipse here!

Last year I posted a place for Great Conjunction photos. As tonight's eclipse will be longest partial lunar eclipse in about 500 years, I just wanted to reach out and offer a spot to compile a list of ...
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How to easily find & link to that amazingly helpful "How to find the positions of the planets and stars?" question with the big Community Wiki answer?

There's a question that goes something like: How to find the positions of the planets and stars? but that's not it exactly. One of the very early members of Astronomy SE started a Community Wiki ...
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Removing the [ar] tag?

This question used to have a tag called ar. I'm assuming this was a mistake, so I edited it out of the tags. Would it be possible to remove it?
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Should we add the eyepiece tag to all questions that are about eyepieces? Or instead delete it since tagging would be a hopeless, quixotic quest?

I've just asked How does eyepiece exit pupil diameter affect image clarity and viewing experience? and added the eyepiece tag. It turns out this is only the 2nd question to use this tag, the first was ...
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Is "But really you would do better to ask your teacher. They are paid to answer this kind of question." in an answer the wrong message and anti-SE?

This answer to When can Moon occult Venus? feels to me to be the worst possible message. To me it looks like "you are wrong, you used the wrong number, here's the right number, and instead of ...
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Is insta-closing of potential duplicates always the best way? In low Q-rate sites? Is there something to be said for slow-closing or eventual closing?

Constellation search from April 22 2007 received three good answers before it was correctly closed as duplicate to our canonical Where can I find the positions of the planets, stars, moons, artificial ...
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Do we want accepted answers to be pinned to the top?

Stack Exchange staff have announced an upcoming change to the way answer acceptance works. Currently, the original poster of a question can accept one non-deleted answer. This does several things, ...
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Should we close an unclear question with acceped answer?

I know, if a question is unclear, we should close it right-away, because otherwise people might interpret it in different ways and give inconsistent answers. But sometimes, before we can close it, the ...
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Should the E-ELT tag get "sent to the cornfield" and replaced by extremely-large-telescope?

When tagging What two "little observatories" run by a university in Chile and "by Germans" are near the future site of the Extremely Large Observatory? I typed "extre..." ...
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Why does SE hide the "stellar-dynamics" tag from us when we type "stella..." and leave a blank spot instead? ("stellar..." behaves differently)

When looking for the stellar-dynamics tag in the autocomplete box after stellar-astrophysics had been selected, the suggested tags concealed it from me for "stell..." and "stella...&...
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How old is our Astronomy SE?

How old is our Astronomy SE ?. Unlike other sites, why there is poor patronage despite having great reception in Astronomy ? And what is the qualification to "graduate" ?
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New to Stack exchange. What is Meta and Beta in Astronomy SE?

it's been 10 days joining stack exchange ! I observed that there are two Astronomy SE, Meta and Beta ? So what is the difference between them ?
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Congratulations to @ProfRob for reaching 100k reputation!

Congratulations!!! I'm quite late to the party after a break from SE, and I've seen that @ProfRob has hit 100,000 reputation, a new milestone for our site!
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How to write and format tweet-based questions in Astronomy SE?

I've just asked What does this tweeted Astronomy Plot of the Week mean? What does it represent? I'm totally confused by twitter and its re-twittering practices and formats. I've done my best here but ...
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What exactly count as a "hypothetical question"?

From help-center: Questions that are purely hypothetical, for example a question such as 'Could a black hole destroy the universe' or 'What if our solar system had two suns' (however, feel free to ...
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Too many downvote on questions recently?

I found that the downvote for questions is growing larger recently, some questions like mine and this one from uhon get downvoted, and the people who downvote the question didn't give an explanation ...
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What to do when engaged in a never ending discussion

I am fairly new to SE, so I came here to ask for advice from more experienced users. Sometimes the author of a question comments my answer to ask for clarification or because they don't agree on some ...
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Should we make the [starspot] and [sunspots] tags synonyms?

This suggestion was made in the comments to the question Do brown dwarfs have starspots? It is about sunspots (9 questions) vs. starspot (6 questions) . The latter tag I recently created. The user @...
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Why don't question-askers accept answers?

Out of idle curiosity, I was looking through some of my (old) answers to questions which have been reasonably upvoted, were often the only answer, but have not been accepted. Fair enough, you could ...
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Why do so few users suggest edits?

A curious thing I keep observing is that the suggested-edits queue seems rather empty (less than 5 suggestions per day, I guess). In other words: Not so many users seem to suggest edits to questions ...
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Did this question get closed too quickly? Doesn't it actually have a good answer that's now impossible to post?

Why aren't Russell Alan Hulse and Joseph Hooton Taylor credited as the discoverers of gravitational waves in 1974? was first written a bit enthusiastically and I made some small edits summarized ...
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Stop the off-hand "this sounds like a homework question" comments that offer no guidance and raise false flags?

The recent comment This sounds like a homework/test question is unhelpful as it offer no guidance and is not actionable bad because it raises the false flag that there can be something wrong with ...
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Interest in Photo of the Week?

We used to have Topic of the Week a few years ago but it lost steam after a few weeks. I've seen other sites have Photo/Screenshot/etc. of the Week and would like to introduce it to Astronomy. Any ...
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Is there a useful distinction between the DIY and the telescope-making tags? Should they be somehow merged?

telescope-making has 16 questions starting from 2015 diy has 3 4 questions starting from 2014. I just added one that mentions a Raspbery Pi project. Neither tag has any usage guidance! A quick check ...
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Where did the "Is this object Mars" question go?

That was an interesting question. Was it deleted? If so, why? The browser record links to Page not found. If it was moved to another SE, there should be a redirection or something.
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Do we need a tag for merging? I struggled to find something suitable for supermassive black hole mergers in galaxy collisions

I wanted to add a tag like black-hole-merger to How do we know that supermassive black holes can gain mass by means other than merging with other supermassive black ...
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Threshold for site graduation?

We've been in beta for almost 8 years. A look at Astronomy's vitals on Area 51 shows this: Our beloved Astronomy SE can't graduate until these issues have been resolved: We only have 5.3 questions ...
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Should a few more users vote to accept the csst tag wiki and excerpt quickly to ensure that nobody else follows my lead and rejects them?

I just saw edits for the wiki and wiki excerpt for the newly coined csst tag that was first added to Details on the telescope(s) on the Chinese Space Station 天和 I reflexively rejected these edits ...
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What are "recent hot answers"?

I just saw a reference to "recent hot answers" when checking out the newly coined csst tag. Are hot answers in general, and recent hot answers in particular new SE things? If I wanted to go ...
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Do we need/want a 3-vote closure?

There's a recent discussion in the main meta Testing three-vote close and reopen on 13 network sites. So I am wondering, as a few posts have 2,3, or even 4 close votes that haven't been closed/...
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Is it a good idea to create a much-needed tag and retag (almost) every post related to it to include this tag?

Recently, I created the tag hr-diagram as there are many questions regarding it. I went ahead and edited a few questions to include this new tag. Would it be a good idea to retag all the 82 (and ...
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Difference between resource and reference-request tags?

Resource Recommendations to systematically develop a foundation via Self study in Astrophysics/Astronomy? had the resource (25 questions) tag which I didn't see. Instead I just added the reference-...
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Why did I see the following pop-up message only now?

For quite a while, I have access to various review queues, but only today I got the following pop-up (actually individually for each queue): Why is that? PS: It seems to be astronomy SE specific as ...
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What exactly are the tags [ebinary-star] and [tbinary-star]?

This question was recently edited to include a tag called tbinary-star, while the original binary-star was removed. Another question had its binary-star replaced by a tag called ebinary-star. What ...
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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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Are my comments being poorly received?

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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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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