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Proposal: Astronomy & Astrophysics

As the Astronomy proposal didn't get enough participation, would it make more sense to broaden the proposal even further to specifically include:

  • Solar physics (which many of the example questions currently are)
  • Astrobiology
  • Astrochemistry
  • Heliophysics
  • Planetary sciences

... etc. At the very least, anything that'd be appropriate to coordinate their data with IVOA, IPDA or HDMC

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Astronomy & Astrophysics has now been extended to clearly include observational astronomy, solar astronomy, planetary sciences, stellar astronomy, galactic & extragalactic astronomy, and cosmology. Hopefully this proposal will now be broad enough to capture the attention of people in any of the astronomical areas, without being too broad, and without suffering the same fate as Astronomy.


Proposed Q&A site for experts and amateurs in the fields of astronomy, astrophysics, theoretical astronomy & astrophysics, observational astronomy, solar astronomy, planetary sciences, stellar astronomy, galactic & extragalactic astronomy, and cosmology.

  • The name is wrong, though. astro means star, so the name should be extended to include planetary sciences... – gerrit Feb 7 '13 at 8:51
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Undergraduate courses of Astronomy & Astrophysics tend to include everything from solar and stellar physics, planetary science and astronomical instrumentation to galactic and extragalactic astronomy and cosmology. Similarly, the Astronomy & Astrophysics journal (peer-reviewed, see e.g. http://www.aanda.org > Forthcoming) or The Astrophysical Journal (see e.g. http://iopscience.iop.org/0004-637X or more specifically, http://aas.org/journals/authors/keywords) include all of these sub-fields together with numerical methods and codes. Therefore, this proposal should include all of the above topics, to reflect the current understanding of Astronomy and Astrophysics as a branch of science.

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