We've had the astronomy tag for some time now, and it's been use a lot (310 questions as of today). Recently, we got a new tag: astrophysics (4 questions). I've answered some questions in both tags, and I've noticed that there doesn't seem to be much difference in how the tags are used - in other words, it seems like astrophysics is just being used the same way astronomy is.
I think we have two options:
- Synonymize the two (not my preference).
- Clarify their meaning, and make sure they're used appropriately.
My definition of astrophysics is the science of applying the laws of physics to astronomical problems. For instance, I'd say that studying the orbits of stars is astronomy; studying the processes of nucleosynthesis inside them is astrophysics. Ideally, we could apply a similar definition to the tag, but the dividing line between the two terms is kind of fuzzy.
How should we fix the confusion between the tags?