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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 135668
Would the biggest airplanes cause tsunamis if they crashed? (Intermediate) Feb 05 50620
Do we really observe the edges of galaxies at different epochs? (Advanced) Oct 04 45968
Do the Sun's or Earth's magnetic field reverse? (Intermediate) Jan 04 62960
When are there 5 Sundays in February? (Intermediate) Jan 04 64460
Are names given to black holes? (Advanced) Dec 03 86032
How can we find galaxies behind the Milky Way? (Intermediate) Sep 03 80023
Can I communicate faster than light? (Advanced) Aug 03 69349
Is there such a thing as hyperspace? (Intermediate) May 03 49718
How do we know that sunspots are associated with the Sun's magnetic field? (Intermediate) Apr 03 53865
Does inflation allow for an infinite number of universes? (Advanced) Apr 03 44074
What is the origin of the stellar classification system "OBAFGKM"? (Intermediate) Mar 03 63862
How are planets affected by the Hot Ionised Medium? (Advanced) Mar 03 35741
Why don't people walk upside-down on the bottom of the Earth? (Beginner) Mar 03 157179
How long has humanity known that we live in a galaxy similar to others in the Universe? (Intermediate) Feb 03 43881
How are galaxy distances inferred from their recessional velocities? (Intermediate) Jan 03 66733
Did I really hear a meteor? (Intermediate) Jan 03 52808
Do we have to worry about relativity when studying galactic objects? (Intermediate) Jan 03 40330
Does the temperature of matter increase as it is accelerated to relativistic speeds? (Advanced) Dec 02 48122
How do sunrise and sunset times change with altitude? (Intermediate) Nov 02 89725
How do we know what parameters to use when simulating the collision of the Milky Way and Andromeda? (Advanced) Nov 02 52401
Can we look back far enough in time to see the Big Bang? (Beginner) Nov 02 92769
How can the Universe expand faster than the speed of light during inflation? (Advanced) Nov 02 124711
Why is pressure broadening greater in low mass stars than in high mass stars? (Advanced) Nov 02 41410
Why is sea water salty, and not lake water? (Beginner) Nov 02 78461
How many moles of stars are in the known universe? (Beginner) Oct 02 59595
Do binary or triple star systems form together? (Intermediate) Oct 02 43008
Why doesn't dark matter fall into a black hole? (Advanced) Oct 02 71403
Where does the kinetic energy of infalling bodies come from? (Intermediate) Oct 02 44934
Can astronomers observe anything when the moon is full? (Beginner) Oct 02 44102
Is there a beginning and an end to a galaxy's life? (Intermediate) Oct 02 74944
What was that really big falling star that I saw? (Intermediate) Oct 02 59965
How do you calculate the azimuth and altitude of an object? (Intermediate) Oct 02 110883
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 118448
Why are the Moon and Sun sometimes orange or red? (Beginner) Sep 02 414900
What is the origin of spiral structure in galaxies? (Intermediate) Sep 02 87001
Why does the Sun appear larger on the horizon than overhead? (Intermediate) Sep 02 108828
Can I see details on Venus? (Intermediate) Sep 02 57713
Do the magnitudes and colors of stars ever change? (Intermediate) Sep 02 55497
Why was the Platonic year named after Plato? (Intermediate) Aug 02 49339
Can I calculate the size of the Universe by converting light years to kilometres? (Intermediate) Aug 02 76295
Can the acceleration of the Universe be analogous to apparent acceleration in a airplane? (Intermediate) Aug 02 63862
Why do photos of space taken from space never show any stars? (Intermediate) Aug 02 66195
Is the Earth at the centre of the Universe? (Intermediate) Aug 02 72297
How can a star burn with no oxygen? (Beginner) Jul 02 224515
How are galaxies and solar systems similar? (Advanced) Jul 02 64372
Do supermassive black holes cause galaxy rotation? (Advanced) Jul 02 103179
What causes a particle to decay? (Intermediate) Jul 02 49188
Who (and when) discovered that the earth's axis is on a 23 degree tilt? (Intermediate) Jul 02 88811
Why do pictures of distant galaxies have higher resolution than those of nearby planets? (Intermediate) Jun 02 67856
How is the Cepheid yardstick validated? (Advanced) Jun 02 47929
What would happen if you went back in time and killed your grandmother? (Beginner) Jun 02 46865
What colors are visible through an amateur telescope? (Intermediate) Jun 02 60717
What elements make up the Sun? (Beginner) Jun 02 177213
Is it possible to measure the temperature of the Sun? (Beginner) May 02 140346

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