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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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Is there an automatic upvote for all questions with the tag "9th planet"? Or possibly a bug?

I just posted my first 9th planet question, and immediately (less than one second) got an upvote. I refreshed the page and it still said 1 view. I refreshed ten seconds later and still saw only 1 view....
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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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Feature request: add marvosym package to our MathJax set (for celestial body symbols)

Shameless copy from SF.'s question on Space Meta: \usepackage{marvosym} allows you to write M_\Sun or ...
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Why am I being blocked from asking questions?

I tried posting a question just now, and this is what I got: It looks like you might need a break - take a breather and come back soon! You've asked 4 questions recently, some of which have not been ...
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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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Do we have a FAQ?

Does this site (meaning the actual site, not the meta site) have a FAQ? I notice several questions are asked repeatedly, and it might be nice to have a prominently displayed FAQ.
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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 experiment questions that aren't completely scientific?

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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How do I become a "follower" for a tag?

I was thinking that becoming a follower will let me know when there are new questions about the tags I'm interested in. However I can't figure out how to become a follower or if becoming one will ...
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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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Why don't we have a page in the help center on $\LaTeX$ notation?

Many new users don't know how to use $\LaTeX$. Generally, if they write a mathematically-heavy post that needs $\LaTeX$ but doesn't have it, another user will either edit the post, show them to a page ...
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Sandbox suggestion

We've had some long, complex and LaTeX-heavy answers recently, and so I'm suggesting that we create a thread a la this post on Math.SE. I doubt this will be used much, but there's a chance it could ...
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Why was my question marked as "subjective"?

This is in regards to a question I posted recently: Note: As I typed up the title to this question, the reminder box popped up on the right and said something along the lines of "This question is ...
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What's up with this serial upvoting?

There was a user who appears to have recently benefited from serial upvoting - gaining about 200 rep within the space of three minutes. I checked the user's rep chart, and it shows that there was, at ...
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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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List of resources?

I notice many people ask questions similar to: Where can I find a list of full/new moons? When does the sun/moon rise/set in my area on a given date? How do I compute planetary/lunar positions very ...
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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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How to go from chat to private discussion?

If two people are having a conversation in chat and wish to jump to a private discussion (e.g. because they wish to discuss stuff outside the Astronomy Stack Exchange guidelines or because they are ...
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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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Why are no other Stack Exchange sites listed when voting to close a Q as off-topic?

When endeavouring to recommend the closure of a question relating to a python programming problem, the only other site available for selection as more appropriate was this meta site. Is there no way ...
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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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Community Wiki Anwers badge

I think offering (a) badge(s) for users who choose to make their answer a Community Wiki answer would be a nice way of encouraging/rewarding those who dare to do so, even when neglecting a few/many ...
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silver badge tenacious

I was browsing through the list of silver badges. And I came across a few explanations to which are not that easy to understand. For example, Silver badge : TENACIOUS. It says: Zero score ...
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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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Can we have a site icon for astronomy.stackexchange.com?

Simple as that. What I mean by site icon is the icon that web browsers display for any given site, or the one that appears next to each stackexchange community site under the stackexchange menu.
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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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Another Tumbleweed after Migration

I asked for migration to Astronomy.SE of this question, for which I already got a Tumbleweed badge on Physics.SE. Right after migration I got another badge here. Is this a bug? Further, there was a ...
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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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