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Previously answered questions by Britt Scharringhausen

(in order of times viewed)

  1. Is the Moon moving away from the Earth? When was this discovered?
  2. Does the Moon rotate? Are there other moons that always keep one face toward their planet?
  3. What are the names of the earth, moon, sun, and solar system?
  4. What do astronauts eat in space? Can they grow food?
  5. How much money do astronomers make?
  6. What's the difference between astronomy and astrology?
  7. Why are stars and planets round?
  8. What would happen if the gravity on Earth was suddenly turned off?
  9. What would happen if an asteroid 10 kilometers across hit the Earth?
  10. What kind of schooling is necessary to become an astronomer?
  11. Did astronauts really go to the Moon, or is it a hoax?
  12. What kinds of jobs do astronomers do?
  13. What's the best college for astronomy?
  14. Does the Moon rotate?
  15. How can I calculate the position or path of the Sun for a given time and location?
  16. How close was the Moon to the Earth when it formed?
  17. Are there any asteroids on a collision course with Earth?
  18. How long has there been water on Earth?
  19. Who discovered each planet?
  20. What's the difference between astronomy and astrophysics?
  21. What skills do astronomers need?
  22. What do I need to do to become an astronomer?
  23. The Moon slows the Earth's rotation, but how fast was it spinning billions of years ago?
  24. Did life originate on Earth, or did it come from somewhere else?
  25. How do we feel heat?
  26. How fast does the Earth go at perihelion and aphelion?
  27. Where do planetary rings come from, and what are they made of?
  28. Why are Saturn's rings flat?
  29. How big a change in the Earth's orbit would be required to destroy all life?
  30. What's that dark spot on the Sun?
  31. How can I tell if the rock I found is a meteorite?
  32. How can we tell what the interiors of planets are like?
  33. Can astronauts produce water in space?
  34. Aren't jobs in astronomy scarce?
  35. How was the starting point for the Julian Date system chosen?
  36. Why are the compositions of comets and asteroids different?
  37. How much time do astronomers spend looking through telescopes?
  38. What's the best thing about being an astronomer?
  39. Is there oxygen in the atmospheres of other planets?
  40. Why did the Pioneer and Voyager take only 2 years to reach Jupiter, while Galileo and Cassini took more than 5 years?
  41. Will we discover an 11th planet? What would it be called?
  42. A line drawn perpendicular to a line through the tips of the horns of the crescent moon doesn't point to the Sun! Why not?
  43. How do unmanned space probes avoid running into things?
  44. Why doesn't the hydrogen on Jupiter explode?
  45. Why do spacecraft need heat shields coming back to Earth but not leaving?
  46. Will the Leonid meteor shower go away?
  47. Why is it called astronomy when all the other sciences end in -ology?
  48. How does libration allow us to see more than 50% of the Moon?
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