To elaborate, this section of the forum is for astronomy and space exploration questions with straightforward, generally accepted answers. If you have such a question, we suggest that you first see if one of the following sources has an answer:
Physics Forums Library
BAUT Resources on the Web thread
Questions that are likely to lead to extended discussion about the correct answer, or that have no clearcut correct answer, should be posted in the forum most appropriate to the topic of the question. If a question does lead to such discussion, it may be split off or moved entirely to a more appropriate forum by a moderator. Since it's hard to tell how a discussion will go, posting such questions will generally be treated as a judgment matter and not a rule violation.
Questions taking issue or raising concerns with the mainstream viewpoint should be posted in the ATM forum. Posting questions along these lines will generally be treated as a rule violation.
Once a question seems to be adequately addressed, the thread may be closed by a moderator. If the member posting the original question feels the answer is insufficient, the moderator’s post may be reported (click the black triangle in the lower left corner) and a request to reopen the thread submitted.
To put it another way, the goal of this section of the forum is to provide a reliable source of information about astronomy and space exploration, a sort of member-controlled Frequently Asked Questions section, so that people looking for such answers can find them quickly and easily.
As always, if you think a post is inappropriate for the topic or forum, use the report function to alert the moderator team rather than taking the thread further off-topic by arguing with it in place.
Last edited by ToSeek; 2010-Jun-16 at 08:08 PM.
Everything I need to know I learned through Googling.