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Science dealing with the study of space and celestial bodies. Can pertain to the composition, origin, motion, behavior or physical aspects of bodies in space as well as the practical applications of such information (ie: navigation).

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Is this animation showing the moon's librations a real capture or generated?

In one of the answers to an entertaining question on Physics.SE about "simple check for the global shape of the earth", there is a link to this awesome demonstration of the libration of the moon: ...
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Did atmospheric ammonia keep the oceans liquid from 3.8 to 2.5 billion years ago, when the sun was colder? [closed]

Solar evolution implies, for contemporary albedos and atmospheric composition, global mean temperatures below the freezing point of seawater less than 2.3 aeons ago, contrary to geologic and ...
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Is Neil de Grasse Tyson's claim that the Gregorian calendar is the “most accurate calendar ever devised” true?

This statement comes from a Joe Rogan show episode where he chats to Neil de Grasse Tyson. His statement is about the Gregorian calendar, and goes as follows: "Point is, this was hard-earned, and ...
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Did the vedas accurately describe the planetary system like elliptical orbits and Sun being the centre?

There is a book called 108 eternal truths which claims many things which have been proved wrong on this site. It makes the following claims about vedas describing the planetary system. The Vedas are ...
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Can one estimate accurately the time until sunset using the width of one's fingers?

I've now heard from a friend and read about a claim online, which I find unlikely: You can estimate the time until the sun sets by using your fingers. By extending your arm fully and placing your ...
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Did all iron on Earth come from the outer space?

According this video 9 Shocking Facts from the Quran! Iron is not natural to the Earth. It did not form on the Earth but came down to Earth from outer space. This may sound strange but it is true. ...
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Does the center of the Milky Way galaxy taste of raspberries? [closed]

An article (2009) from The Guardian claims that the center of the Milky Way tastes of raspberries: Astronomers searching for the building blocks of life in a giant dust cloud at the heart of the ...
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Did the Indian Mathematician Aryabhata discover that the earth was round and calculate diameter of earth

Aryabhata was a genius mathematician, no doubt. But there is also the books about astronomy supposedly written by him. It is believed by Indians that he stated that earth was round. He belonged to 476 ...
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Does each doubling of CO2 cause a 2-4°C increase?

Professor Henrik Svensmark argues that cosmic rays have a strong influence on cloud formation and hence climate change. In 2016 he predicted global warming was over. He was recently the lead author of ...
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Was the 2017 solar eclipse the most-observed in history?

Several news sources, such as The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, have claimed that the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 is the "most-observed in history". It was the most-observed ...
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Did the story of Columbus and the lunar eclipse take place?

In eclipse season, it’s bound to happen that someone will quote the story of Columbus fooling the settlers into believing that his god was upset with them and therefore eclipsed the moon. But as ...
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Did Jupiter enter into the body of the constellation Virgo?

There is a claim spreading around and I'd like to know if this is correct from the astronomical side. On November 20, 2016, an astronomical event begins that will last nine and a half months... ...
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Can Polaris be seen from the Australian tropics?

According to The Flat-Earth Conspiracy By Eric Dubay , Polaris can be seen, up to approximately 23.5 degrees South latitude. That latitude is the Tropic of Capricorn which crosses through (the ...
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Are there too few Supernova Remnants to support the Milky Way being billions of years old?

In this Creation magazine reprint of a 1994 article titled Exploding stars point to a young universe, Young-Earth Creationist, Jonathan Sarfati argues that the scarcity of Supernova remnants (SNRs) ...
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Does the 'super-moon' have a measurable effect on probability and magnitude of earthquakes?

On the 14th of November 2016, the moon is both full, and is on its closest approach to Earth, causing its largest appearance size until 2033. Citation This large appearance gives it the 'super-moon' ...
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Did Babylonians in BCE used geometrical methods in mathematical astronomy to calculate planet positions and its motions?

A recent (2016) study, Ancient Babylonian astronomers calculated Jupiter’s position from the area under a time-velocity graph examines a cuneiform script and gives evidence that that Babylonians in ...
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Do 26% of Americans believe the sun revolves around the Earth?

According to a 2014 NPR poll 26% of Americans believe the sun revolves around the Earth. The survey of 2,200 people in the United States was conducted by the NSF in 2012 and released on Friday at ...
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Has the CERN LHC Muon Detector caused mini singularities within Earths atmosphere?

"Something very interesting happened at CERN recently – they had an accident. The accident created a “rainbow” universe. What does this mean, exactly? CERN actually created a universe for 2.6 ...
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Was the vertical cannonshot related by Samuel Rowbotham ever performed?

A common claim in support of "Flat Earth" models is that a cannonball fired precisely vertically drops back upon the cannon, even back down the muzzle. One such claim appears here http://www....
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Does a lack of radiation shadows disprove the Big Bang Theory?

This article from Creation Magazine argues that: If the big bang were true, the light from the fireball should cast shadows in the foreground of all galaxy clusters. It uses some 2006 findings ...
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Did the Mayans believe the Earth was flat?

Many places (e.g., here) state that the Mayans thought the Earth was flat. At the same time, Mayan astronomical knowledge is impressive. They made accurate computations of the length of a solar year ...
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Was Sun's distance mentioned correctly in “Hanuman Chalisa”, the 16 th century poem?

I found many sites stating that the Sun's distance was mentioned accurately in the "Hanuman Chalisa" hymn written in the 16th century. Even Wikipedia has a mention of this. juga sahasra jojana ...
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Do pulses of lunar waves traverse across the moon?

On the Fortean Times forum a user has posted links to a number of conspiracy theorist videos that show strange waves in video images of the Moon. Latest conspiracy craze seems to be about "lunar ...
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Did Stephen Hawking say that blackholes don't exist?

According to this article and this one, the theory about black holes is all false. A while ago, Indian astrophysicist Abhas Mitra studied and discovered that black holes are not what they were ...
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Is there any evidence of Planet X / Nibiru?

It's the first time I read an article on inquistr, so I'm not sure how reliable it is, but I just saw this article today titled: Has science just admitted Planet X / Nibiru exists? Astronomers may ...
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Was the 30th of June the closest Venus and Jupiter have appeared since 2 B.C?

Browsing Facebook's trending section on the conjunction between Venus and Jupiter, I found several individuals claiming that this is the first time since 2 B.C that the two have gotten as close as ...
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Did we receive a signal from outer space in 1977?

This was recently posted on 9gag: In 1977, we received a signal from outer space, which lasted 72 seconds. We still do not know how or whence it came. Did we receive such a signal in 1977?
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Is this video by Carl Sagan?

I found a video a video on youtube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ugyrzr5Ds8o Carl Segan on Hindu Civilization, Can anyone confirm if this footage is really from Carl Sagan?
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Would life not exist on Earth if it was one kilometer closer to, or farther from, the sun?

A lot of my friends (especially creationist ones) tell me that if planet earth was one kilometer closer to the sun, it would heat up too much and life wouldn't exist. On the other hand, if planet ...
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Did astronauts leave footprints on the moon?

Our Young-Earth Creationist physics teacher stated that he does not believe that man actually stepped on the moon. That topic has been well covered here. One of his arguments, however, was that ...
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Do 25 million meteors enter Earth's atmosphere each day?

It is claimed that about 25 million meteors enter Earth's atmosphere each day and most of them burn up and turn into dust. About 25 million meteors enter the Earth's atmosphere every day (duck!). ...
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Is there a way to tell if the sun is rising or setting by looking at a picture and not knowing which coast it was taken at? [closed]

Looking through some pictures after watching "The Zero Theorem" it crossed my mind.
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Does the Earth revolve around the sun? [closed]

Scientists like Ptolemy and and Aristotle argue that the Earth is at the centre of the universe, and that the sun and stars are fix on spheres that rotate about the Earth. However, other scientists ...
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Earth's distance from the sun affects nuclear medicine [closed]

Does the Earth's distance from the sun affect the efficacy of nuclear medicine?
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Could meteors have been been formed with lead, and mislead radiometric dating?

The age of the Earth has been determined by radiometric dating of meteorites, by seeing how much uranium has decayed into lead. How do we know the meteor samples weren't formed with lead already in ...
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Do ancient Hindu texts predict the future expansion of the Sun?

This article on the Lovearth Network by Linda Johnsen, points out the correspondences between sacred Hindu texts and modern science. One particular section captured my interest greatly (emphasis mine)...
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Does NASA use whale oil in the Hubble Telescope?

The History Channel documentary America, the Story of Us states that NASA uses whale oil in the Hubble Space Telescope. Is there any solid evidence to confirm or dispute this claim?
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Can the events of the Ramayana and Mahabharata be astronomically dated to around 7300 BCE and 5561 BCE respectively?

The Ramayana is one of Hinduism's greatest epics. Nobody appears to know with certainty when the poem was composed or when the events in it occurred. However, while some scholars claim that the events ...
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Is comet ISON going to kill us?

I've just heard on the news that some comet named ISON is passing by the Sun. And they said that it will split and then it may hit us. They are citing Nostradamus prophecies and stuff. It appears that ...
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Has David Martines found a picture of a space-station on Mars?

From The Daily Mail: But now an American 'armchair astronaut' claims to have discovered a mysterious structure on the surface of the red planet - by looking on Google earth. David Martines, whose ...
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Is global temperature significantly affected by time of galactic year?

There is a claim that different patches of the galaxy have different climate effects due to variations in cosmic ray strength. I've occasionally heard this used to explain global warming but more ...
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Is it possible to officially Buy A Star?

There are plenty of companies around that let you purchase a star. They claim that the star will be named as you direct and they issue you a certificate of ownership. I realize that the T&C's for ...
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Did the Dogon tribes discover “Trans-Pluto”?

The performance artist Marina Abramović has said the following in a forum at the New York Public Library: In Africa you have Dogon tribes who worship Trans-Pluto, which is you know a small ...
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Can they calculate how close 2012 DA14 comes to Earth for the remainder of this century [closed]

... but couldn't tell until recently that Apophis won't hit Earth around 2030? What's the catch in these calculations? Are the numbers just so incredibly big that the 28,000 km distance in which 2012 ...
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Is there no link between the meteor that affected Russia and the asteroid 2012 DA14?

A large meteor or meteors entered the atmosphere near Russia's Chelyabinsk region hours before closest approach of asteroid 2012 DA14. Initial claims are that the two are unrelated; the above link ...
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Would we see a doomsday asteroid beforehand?

Forbes : We Probably Wouldn't Even See A Doomsday Asteroid Until It Was Too Late [...] So how much warning will we really have if an asteroid is about to hit Earth? The answer is pretty grim. ...
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Is the climber's head-lamp backstory for this long-exposure photo feasible?

I enjoyed reading the fascinating story of how a climber took an amazing long-exposure photo of his climb up, down and around a Peak District landmark. See: "Blazing a trail! Climber takes ...
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More stars visible from the Australian outback than anywhere else on earth?

An ad for Vodafone in Cairns airport, Australia, presents as a fact "worth ringing home about" that you can see more stars from the Australian outback than anywhere else on earth. While the ...
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Length of uncoiled human DNA

I recently came across this fact: There's enough DNA in the human body to stretch from the sun to Pluto and back. A couple of "Bollocks!" alarms began to chime in my head. While I expect that it ...
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Are there pine trees on Mars?

There's a UFO site which claims that the below image is captured by the Mars Global Surveyor and is of what looks like pine or other similar type of trees. I think this image is important because ...