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by Ron Kurtus

Readers have sent in a total of 306 comments and questions on Astronomy issues. They are listed according to date.

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Suggested resource Resources USA
Pulses of radiation General Bangladesh
Constellations and religion Constellations USA
Four characteristics of the moon Moon South Africa
Are there other universes? General Pakistan
Put solar panels on the Moon Moon USA
Why study the night sky? Observations in Astronomy Australia
Are there a lot of galaxies? General Topics India
Where can I get a telescope? Observations in Astronomy Malawi
Wants to be an astronaut General Topics South Africa
Light year is not best for astronomical distances Astronomical Distances Turkey
Which way does the Earth rotate? The Earth New Zealand
Where did Mars get its name? Mars Philippines
Why doesn't the Sun have an atmosphere? General Uganda
Why can't big bang be a white hole? General Topics USA

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Suggested resource

September 7, 2014



I’m a home school instructor and I took my kids to the Adler Planetarium a few weeks ago on a field trip. Our kids had fun learning about the solar system and the moon. I used this guide as a reference ( and I think it would make a good addition to your page here:

I hope this was helpful.


Sandra - USA (25345)


Thanks for the resource I added the link to the Astronomy Resources page.

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Pulses of radiation

September 6, 2014


suppose there is a distant celestial source which emits pulses of radiation at regular intervals of exactly 100 seconds apart. many pulses would have been sent to the earth in one day (24hours)
2.if 50 such pulses were recorded for a spacecraft to reach a predetermined destination,what is this time interval in seconds?

monika - Bangladesh (25341)


To find the number of pulses in one day, convert 24 hours to seconds: 24 * 60 min/hr * 60 sec/min = 86400 sec. Divide by 100 second to get number of pulses: 86400/100 = 846 pulses.

The time interval for 50 pulses is 50 * 100 sec = 5000 seconds.

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Constellations and religion

July 9, 2014


School for Champions; I do not know if you have any religious beliefs or not. I am a Christian who is interested in astronomy from a more Biblical point of view.

I was born and raised up in Kermit, Texas where you can see the stars very clearly due to the reduction of big city lights. I used to climb to the top of our house so I could see the stars better even on the horizon. My mother would call me in because it would be getting so late. I am now an older man entering those so-called golden years with no gold!

I know how to read ancient Hebrew hieroglyphs and I noticed that some of the constellations or asterisms which circle close to the North Star looked like some of these hieroglyphs. I had often wondered why God put both a little dipper and a big dipper up in our night skies? Now I know that most of these constellations are not drawn as God intended them according to man! The northern cross is an obvious Christian emblem but is dismissed by the non-believers as just a pattern by luck.

Google, Aquilla Fleetwood, Night Signs. Click on to any site to see these constellations as God intended them. They are pointing us to Christ in ancient Hebrew hieroglyphic word picture form. Google, Jeff Benner, the North Star, for his amazing information. Google, Dr. Frank T. Seekins, Hebrew Word Pictures, for his information about this ancient Hebrew hieroglyphic writings and how Christ is embedded within it.

Indeed, the stars are for signs and the heavens declare the glory of God. Thanks, Aquilla (little eagle)

Aquilla - USA (25101)


You are fortunate to be in an area to be able to view the stars at night without the glare from city lights.

Although the Bible states that God created the heavens and the earth. I don't believe there area any Bible phrases indicating the constellations were meant to represent anything, except that man could view the stars and see they are the work of His hands.

Since the stars have been in motion and change their position with respect to the earth, many constellations have changed positions and shape over the years. The symbolism of a constellation may be a result of man's faith.

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Four characteristics of the moon

June 10, 2014


I am asking for 4 characteristics of the moon

sello - South Africa (25048)


The characteristics are listed in Characteristics of our Moon.

You could select size, mass, density, as well as the lack of Oxygen, and lower gravity than Earth.

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Are there other universes?

May 26, 2014


is there any other universe?

Akhtar - Pakistan (24990)


It is quite possible that there are other universes. See: Theory of Multiple Universes (Multiverse) for more information.

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Put solar panels on the Moon

April 22, 2014


Actually this has to do with solar power. Why not set up a large array of solar panels on the moon, and send the energy back to earth? By using microwave or laser beam technology. We would have an abundance of solar power (electricity). Get rid of nuclear power.

Mark - USA (24890)


Although you could create electricity with the solar panels on the Moon, there would be no good way to send that energy back to the Earth. Perhaps by creating microwaves and sending them back to Earth and then converting the energy to electricity might work. But that is a round-about way of getting the energy and would be very expensive and may not be effective.

There had been talk about placing huge reflective panels in orbit to reflect light to the Earth at night. That idea was dropped a number of years ago as not being practical.

The best solution is using solar panels on Earth, such that the distances are not so immense.

It is great that you are thinking of creative ways to find clean energy. Keep coming up with new ideas.

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Observations in Astronomy

Why study the night sky?

April 4, 2014


What knowledge modern people gain from studying the night sky?

Roula - Australia (24843)


You can determine direction by observing the stars in the night sky. For the average person, examining the stars and planets through a telescope can be enlightening. Modern scientists can seek out new galaxies and observe events to help understand the physics of the Universe.

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General Topics

Are there a lot of galaxies?

March 2, 2014


Is in universe there are lot of galaxies?

shital - India (24569)


In the Universe, there are billions of galaxies, and within each galaxy, there are billions of stars.

It is hard to imagine such large numbers.

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Observations in Astronomy

Where can I get a telescope?

December 28, 2013


Please where can i get a Telescope and how much is it?..thank u.

Moses - Malawi (24394)


Although you can order telescopes online through such sites as, it might be better to try a local camera store in Malawi. They often sell telescopes or can direct you to a store that does sell them.

Also, you can try to get a used telescope.

Best wishes in finding a telescope.

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General Topics

Wants to be an astronaut

November 1, 2013


Hi i'm in grade 11 and my biggest dream is to become an astronomar and i want to learn more. I always ador the NASA news.

Thuso - South Africa (24158)


It is great that you have a dream of becoming an astronaut. Many countries are starting to send people into space. However, there are requirements to fulfill to become an astronaut. You should have a college education in the sciences and be in good physical condition.

See details on NASA Astronaut Requirements for some information.

The European Space Agency lists their Training Requirements.

Also see South African Space Programme.

Best wishes in achieving your dream.

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Astronomical Distances

Light year is not best for astronomical distances

October 24, 2013


Light year distances: ?t is said to be 1LY=9460730472580,8 km
So 400 Ly=400*9460730472580,8=3784292189032000 km.This to say,that since 400 years,years is accepted 365,25 days.Even for eternity years are accepted to be 365,25 days.No this not correct.Year's days quantity is variable.It has a parabolic graph shape,showing days quantity per real time.
Then big distances should be evaluated with Light day unit.
1 LD=25920000000 km and the totality of days within 400 years is
calculated,with integrals=145732 days.Then the real distance of an object said to be at 400 Ly,is wrong.It is at 145732 ligth day or at
3777363691182340,km.There is a clear difference between LY and LD.

NECAT - Turkey (24127)


The purpose of stating astronomical distances in light years or the distance light travels in an Earth year is for the sake of convenience, since stating the distance in kilometers would be cumbersome.

Yes, it is true that the Earth's year varies, but the resulting difference in distance is insignificance when you are considering the enormous distances in space. Basically, a light year is a good approximation of astronomical distance.

Also, using such a number as 9460730472580,8 km for a light year is not good science, since the number has too many significant places and implies a certain accuracy. The number should be rounded off and put in a scientific notation, such as 9.46E12 km.

A light day could be used to indicate distance, but note that the length of a day is not exactly 24 hour and also varies.

However, it is good that you are looking deeply into how these distances are stated. Best wishes in your Astronomy studies.

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The Earth

Which way does the Earth rotate?

June 21, 2013


If the Earth spins counterclockwise on its axis as mentioned in the article wouldn't the Sun appear to rise in the West?

Rob - New Zealand (23798)


The Earth rotates on its axis from the West towards the East. Viewed from the North Pole, it rotates counterclockwise. However, in New Zealand, you might view it from above the South Pole, such that it rotates clockwise from that perspective.

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Where did Mars get its name?

June 10, 2013


from where did gets mars name ?

hermie james - Philippines (23764)


Since Mars has a reddish glow, the ancient Romans related it to blood and named the planet after their god of war, Mars.

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Why doesn't the Sun have an atmosphere?

May 6, 2013


Why do the sun has no atmosphere?

Kwemoi - Uganda (23669)


An atmosphere is a layer of gasses surrounding a planet or even star.

The atmosphere of the Earth is made up of air, including oxygen and nitrogen. The Sun also has an atmosphere, but it is made up of extremely hot gases, such as hydrogen and helium.

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General Topics

Why can't big bang be a white hole?

May 3, 2013


why can't big bang be a white hole??

kritika - USA (23665)


While a Black Hole is an area in space where matter can enter but light and matter cannot escape, a White is just the opposite: Light and matter cannot enter but it can escape.

There are theories that the Big Bang came from a White Hole.

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