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Kristine Spekkens

Kristine studies the dynamics of galaxies and what they can teach us about dark matter in the universe. She got her Ph.D from Cornell in August 2005, was a Jansky post-doctoral fellow at Rutgers University from 2005-2008, and is now a faculty member at the Royal Military College of Canada and at Queen's University.

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http://www.rmc.ca/aca/phy/per/spekkens-k-eng.php

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Title Created Date Hits
How does the Moon stay "suspended" in the air? (Intermediate) Apr 05 121088
Would the biggest airplanes cause tsunamis if they crashed? (Intermediate) Feb 05 45606
Do we really observe the edges of galaxies at different epochs? (Advanced) Oct 04 39964
Do the Sun's or Earth's magnetic field reverse? (Intermediate) Jan 04 57677
When are there 5 Sundays in February? (Intermediate) Jan 04 57237
Are names given to black holes? (Advanced) Dec 03 79276
How can we find galaxies behind the Milky Way? (Intermediate) Sep 03 74592
Can I communicate faster than light? (Advanced) Aug 03 63163
Is there such a thing as hyperspace? (Intermediate) May 03 44558
How do we know that sunspots are associated with the Sun's magnetic field? (Intermediate) Apr 03 48000
Does inflation allow for an infinite number of universes? (Advanced) Apr 03 39545
What is the origin of the stellar classification system "OBAFGKM"? (Intermediate) Mar 03 55820
How are planets affected by the Hot Ionised Medium? (Advanced) Mar 03 31320
Why don't people walk upside-down on the bottom of the Earth? (Beginner) Mar 03 127612
How long has humanity known that we live in a galaxy similar to others in the Universe? (Intermediate) Feb 03 38912
How are galaxy distances inferred from their recessional velocities? (Intermediate) Jan 03 58882
Did I really hear a meteor? (Intermediate) Jan 03 47149
Do we have to worry about relativity when studying galactic objects? (Intermediate) Jan 03 35951
Does the temperature of matter increase as it is accelerated to relativistic speeds? (Advanced) Dec 02 42506
How do sunrise and sunset times change with altitude? (Intermediate) Nov 02 76776
How do we know what parameters to use when simulating the collision of the Milky Way and Andromeda? (Advanced) Nov 02 47415
Can we look back far enough in time to see the Big Bang? (Beginner) Nov 02 83240
How can the Universe expand faster than the speed of light during inflation? (Advanced) Nov 02 113154
Why is pressure broadening greater in low mass stars than in high mass stars? (Advanced) Nov 02 36981
Why is sea water salty, and not lake water? (Beginner) Nov 02 67474
How many moles of stars are in the known universe? (Beginner) Oct 02 54215
Do binary or triple star systems form together? (Intermediate) Oct 02 37876
Why doesn't dark matter fall into a black hole? (Advanced) Oct 02 65579
Where does the kinetic energy of infalling bodies come from? (Intermediate) Oct 02 40764
Can astronomers observe anything when the moon is full? (Beginner) Oct 02 39429
Is there a beginning and an end to a galaxy's life? (Intermediate) Oct 02 67830
What was that really big falling star that I saw? (Intermediate) Oct 02 54693
How do you calculate the azimuth and altitude of an object? (Intermediate) Oct 02 98799
Is the Moon seen as a crescent (and not a "boat") all over the world? Is the same phase of the moon visible from the Northern and Southern hemispheres? (Advanced) Oct 02 103853
Why are the Moon and Sun sometimes orange or red? (Beginner) Sep 02 365203
What is the origin of spiral structure in galaxies? (Intermediate) Sep 02 81486
Why does the Sun appear larger on the horizon than overhead? (Intermediate) Sep 02 94554
Can I see details on Venus? (Intermediate) Sep 02 51553
Do the magnitudes and colors of stars ever change? (Intermediate) Sep 02 50164
Why was the Platonic year named after Plato? (Intermediate) Aug 02 44056
Can I calculate the size of the Universe by converting light years to kilometres? (Intermediate) Aug 02 69431
Can the acceleration of the Universe be analogous to apparent acceleration in a airplane? (Intermediate) Aug 02 58747
Why do photos of space taken from space never show any stars? (Intermediate) Aug 02 51794
Is the Earth at the centre of the Universe? (Intermediate) Aug 02 59810
How can a star burn with no oxygen? (Beginner) Jul 02 190760
How are galaxies and solar systems similar? (Advanced) Jul 02 57271
Do supermassive black holes cause galaxy rotation? (Advanced) Jul 02 92392
What causes a particle to decay? (Intermediate) Jul 02 42857
Who (and when) discovered that the earth's axis is on a 23 degree tilt? (Intermediate) Jul 02 78281
Why do pictures of distant galaxies have higher resolution than those of nearby planets? (Intermediate) Jun 02 62027
How is the Cepheid yardstick validated? (Advanced) Jun 02 43350
What would happen if you went back in time and killed your grandmother? (Beginner) Jun 02 40774
What colors are visible through an amateur telescope? (Intermediate) Jun 02 54450
What elements make up the Sun? (Beginner) Jun 02 159262
Is it possible to measure the temperature of the Sun? (Beginner) May 02 122623

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