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Location of a List of Solar System Objects and Their Naming Conventions?

Question: Simple question.  What is the website address that I may gain access to the recorded bodies and there naming conventions?  — Chuck Answer: The International Astronomical Union (IAU) maintains a web site which contains all of the information regarding … Continue reading

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Bright Spots Near the Sun?

Question:  I took several pictures of a strange sight. It is what looked like a small sun beside the sun at sunset. I will try to post a picture. Any ideas?  It was taken at sunset, July 12,2014.  – Kathy … Continue reading

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Do the Planets Have a Physical Effect on the Sun?

Question:  We know that our sun has a profound impact on all planets in our solar system. But, does planets have any effect on our sun?  – Vinod Answer:  Just as the Sun exerts a gravitational pull on the planets, … Continue reading

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Can Tornados Happen in Space?

Question:  Can tornados happen in space? Maybe solar winds can act like earth winds with currents and temperature changes?  – Jay Answer:  Although the interstellar medium within galaxies, or the gas and dust between stars (including the solar wind) can … Continue reading

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Past and Future Solar Eclipses

Question:  I am interested in knowing how many solar eclipses have ever occurred in the past, and are likely to ever occur in the future based on widely accepted astronomical models.  Can you also provide dates for these events?  Thank … Continue reading

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Why is our Sun Alone?

Question:  As per observations, most of the stars are born in clusters (i.e. in open clusters). Then why our sun is an isolated star with no companions?  – Vinod Answer:  Our Sun was probably born in a group of stars, … Continue reading

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What Causes Seasons on Earth?

Question:  Hi am just curious about something and I need your help. So well all know it has different seasons in the year, but the thing am curious about it why does the climate change?. What I mean is it … Continue reading

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Unexplained Objects Around the Sun

Question:  I have pictures of the sun that shows objects around the sun that move from day to day or sometimes hour to hour. They seem to move more than planets would. If you can take a look i will … Continue reading

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What Happens to the Planets When the Sun Becomes a Red Giant and White Dwarf?

Question: I’ve been watching a very interesting series of television programmes in which Professor Brian Cox has been delving into Astronomy. One programme focused on the life cycle of stars. I understand from the programme that as our Sun enters … Continue reading

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Crescent-Shaped Objects Near the Sun

Question:  I am vacationing on Bonaire.  I just saw a halo around the sun and snapped a quick photo just to see how it would turn out.  I saw some interesting things, but most notably a half circle that appears … Continue reading

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