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What is a fanlisting?

According to The Fanlistings Network: "A fanlisting is simply an online list of fans of a subject, such as a TV show, actor, or musician, that is created by an individual and open for fans from around the world to join.  There are no costs, and the only requirements to join a fanlisting are your name and country.  Fanlistings do not have to be large sites (although some are); they are just a place where you can sign up with other fans.  TheFanlistings.org is the original (but not official) web directory for fanlistings, dedicated to uniting the fans."

Astronomical

Astronomy is the science of celestial objects, space, and the physical universe. The word astronomy is derived from the Greek αστρονομια, astronomia, from the words αστρον (astron, "star") and νομος (nomos, "laws of naming").

The term Astrophysics is also used to describe this branch of science, and the delination of the two terms is hazy; in general, astronomy refers to the study of objects and matter in space and their physical and chemical properties, and astrophysics to the behaviour, physics and dynamics of celestial objects and phenomena. However, as in so many areas of science, there is a lot of overlap between these very loose definitions and they are intimately connected; as such the terms are used reasonably interchangeably. A rough guide is that astronomy deals with the qualitaitve aspects of the field whereas astrophysics is concerned more with the quantitative aspects.

I think that astronomy and astrophysics is one of the most exciting fields of science. It encompasses so many different disciplines - nuclear physics, quantum physics, particle physics, electromagnetism, dynamics, geology, chemistry to name but a few - and spans extremes that we cannot yet (and may never be able to) achieve on Earth. Compare the vacuum of space with the nuclear densities found in the cores of neutron stars; the enormous temperatures and energies released in Gamma Ray Bursts to the temperature of the Cosmic Microwave Background which is only 2 degrees of absolute zero. The universe is one big laboratory in which we can test exciting physics and learn more about the world in which we live.

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionised our view of the universe and has been vital to all branches of astronomy. Furthermore, the pictures it has taken have been breath-taking; it has looked further and deeper than any other optical survey to date and the imaging obtained has been unparalleled.

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