Author Archives: Jeff Mangum

Question About a Potential Career in Astronomy

Question: Hi, my name is Adam. I am 21 years of age, and want to study in astronomer. I just recently started taking classes at a local community college. I haven’t been in school for a few years. Do I … Continue reading

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Interested in a Career as an Astronomer

Question: Hi! I am 16 years old and I am interested in being an astronomer. I was wondering if there is like a co-op or a tour or something of the job so I can see what it is like … Continue reading

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Why Do High Tides Happen Both on the Side of the Earth Facing Toward and Away from the Moon?

Question: During new moon, moon is between earth and sun. The spring tide then occurs. The height of high tide is higher. But on right side of image why is water having high tide. As there is no force pulling … Continue reading

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Do We Observe the Sunrise Six Minutes After it Actually Occurs?

Question: We know sunlight takes about 8 min to reach earth. So we see sunrise 8 min later. Also we see sunrise 2 min earlier due to atmospheric refraction. Does it mean that we see sunrise after about 6 min … Continue reading

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A Question About a Potential Career in Astronomy and Physics

Question: Hello I am a 39 year old high school drop out who is in the process of getting his GED as we speak I have a passion and I always have had a passion for astronomy and physics and … Continue reading

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Do the Stars Seem to Move in the Night Sky Because of the Earth’s Rotation?

Question: Do stars seem to move in the night sky because of the Earth’s rotation?  — Selena Answer: Exactly.  As the Earth rotates on its axis it makes it look like the stars are moving through the night sky.  Also, … Continue reading

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How Old is the Light from the Stars that we see in the Night Sky?

Question: One of the questions that always has remained unanswered to me is the following.  When we see the stars on naked eyes or by telescopes, those are obviously many light years away from us, but do we see them … Continue reading

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Why Are Ocean Tides on Earth Larger During a Full Moon?

Question: If I am correct in assuming that the moon’s apparent waxing and waning are merely the effects of the amount of shadow it is in, and it is always the same size, why are the effects of a full … Continue reading

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Is There a Place Where One Can See Daily Radio Images of the Sun?

Question: Is there a place that posts daily images of the Sun in a radio frequency, perhaps 21 cm, something like SOHO does for shorter wavelengths?  — Donna Answer: Unfortunately, I am not aware of a source for regular radio … Continue reading

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How Can One Tell What Telescope Made an Image of a Deep Space Object?

Question: When looking at an image of a deep space object,  how can you tell what type of telescope was used to take the photo?  — Jeni Answer: Unless the caption or other description of the image lists the telescope … Continue reading

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