Monthly Archives: February 2013

Astronomy Career Questions

Question: I wanted to ask you if you could help me with some questions about how to become an astronomer?  – Disha How do you detect black holes? I mean, I know that you use x-rays but how do they … Continue reading

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Radio Emission from Magnetars

Question:  I’ve been researching magnetars independently for quite a while, but haven’t found many specifics on the radio emissions of magnetars. What do we know about the radio astronomy of magnetars? Is there a ‘fingerprint’ or defining aspect that tags … Continue reading

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Disclaimer on Space Probes?

Question: Do satellites/telescopes/rovers designed to investigate other parts of the universe contain any disclaimer to future potentially intelligent species that the technology in question came from earth rather than wherever it could eventually be found so as not to confuse … Continue reading

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“Starter” Telescope Recommendation?

Question:  I am 22 years of age and have suddenly wanted to engange in astronomy (after watching various Brian Cox programmes).  I am keen on getting a telescope very soon and was wondering what a good ‘starter’ telescope [would be … Continue reading

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Unusual Events Involving Arcturus or Polaris?

Question: Has anyone noticed any unusual “observations” from either the star Arcturus and/or the star Polaris.Thank You.  – Michael Answer: No, not to my knowledge.  If you have noted anything unusual in the direction of these two stars then I … Continue reading

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The Importance of Electronics Technicians to Astronomy

Question: Are there careers for electronics technicians in the field of radio astronomy?  I’m referring to those with 2-year associates degrees in electronics.  I know there’s a lot of electronics involved in radio telescopes.  Someone has to be maintaining that … Continue reading

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