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Astronomy 10 Survey




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Below are the results of my Astronomy 10 survey. The tables start with question 2 because the first question asked for one's name, age, and occupation, and this is listed in all tables. Clicking on the number of each question will open a small window with the answer to the question and some comments about the survey answers.

II - Answer What is your astrological sign? What do you think this sign is based on (i.e. what determines your sign when you are born)?
Christine, 39, Teacher Leo. It's based on the arrangement of the stars at the time one is born.
Elliott, 13, Student Aquarius. I think the time of month and when things were happening in mythology determines what the sign is when I am born.
Klint, 16, Stagehand Taurus.
Pat, 58, Retired Virgo - now by date/time - originally by arrangement of planets
Potter, 21, Student/Web Designer Aquarius. It's based off the dated range of when you were born, with constellations & mythology used for each range name.
Robert, 27, Receptionist Taurus. Venus and Mars. umm..day/month/year, but I'm guessing the constellations had some form of influence on the original formula.

III - Answer Does the Earth orbit the sun, or the sun orbit the Earth? How do we know?
Christine, 39, Teacher The Earth orbits the sun. Stars don't move. The sun is a star.
Elliott, 13, Student The Earth orbits the Sun because well I learned it in class. Also, we rotate around the sun and we have different times of day that determines the light outside. We also have different days of the year and sometimes we have leap year which means we skip a day or a couple. (I cant remember)
Klint, 16, Stagehand Earth orbits the sun. Comparing the movements of planets and stars in relation to us.
Pat, 58, Retired Earth orbits the sun - I have no idea
Potter, 21, Student/Web Designer The earth orbits the sun, it's fact.
Robert, 27, Receptionist Don't believe the lies, the earth is the center of the universe! just kidding

IV - Answer Compared with the distance to the Moon, do you think the sun is:
1. about the same distance away
2. about twice as far
3. about ten times as far
4. much farther than any of these
Christine, 39, Teacher much farther than any of these
Elliott, 13, Student much farther than any of these
Klint, 16, Stagehand Much further than any of these
Pat, 58, Retired about ten times as far - total guess
Potter, 21, Student/Web Designer much farther than any of these
Robert, 27, Receptionist egads man...you said this was gonna be work! I'd guess much farther than any of these

V - Answer Compared with the distance to the farthest Planet (Neptune or Pluto), do you think the nearest star other than the sun is:
1. about the same distance away
2. about twice as far
3. about ten times as far
4. much farther than any of these
Christine, 39, Teacher much farther than any of these
Elliott, 13, Student about ten times as far
Klint, 16, Stagehand Much further than any of these
Pat, 58, Retired much farther than any of these - again a guess
Potter, 21, Student/Web Designer much farther than any of these
Robert, 27, Receptionist much farther than any of these

VI - Answer How old do we think the Solar system is?
1. about five thousand years old
2. about 5 million years old
3. about 50 million years old
4. about five billion years old
5. its always been here
Christine, 39, Teacher about five thousand years old
Elliott, 13, Student Err either 3 or 4…….Final answer: 4
Klint, 16, Stagehand About five billion years old
Pat, 58, Retired about five billion years old - not so total, but still a guess
Potter, 21, Student/Web Designer Not sure, this question is something my feeble mind cannot comprehend, to my knowledge the solor system had to have been created, but there had to be something before that, and before that. Which is impossible for me to answer at the moment.
Robert, 27, Receptionist it's not 5, but I'd say 4 (at least)

VII - Answer Do you think the sun will last forever? If not, how much longer do you think it will sustain life on Earth?
Christine, 39, Teacher No, it's burning out. Scientifically, I don't know how much longer it will sustain life on Earth. Spiritually, as long as God wants it to sustain life on Earth. Another 1000 years?
Elliott, 13, Student No, I do not think the sun will last forever. I think the sun will sustain life on Earth for maybe around 20 million more years.
Klint, 16, Stagehand No, maybe another five billion years
Pat, 58, Retired No - have no idea
Potter, 21, Student/Web Designer The sun will last a very long time compared to us. Life on earth will probably last for another thousands of millions years.
Robert, 27, Receptionist no I don't, but it'll last longer then we will. We'll be long gone before the sun goes.

VIII - Answer Are there other planets in our solar system capable of sustaining life? If so, which ones, and what kind of life (i.e. bacteria, plants, fish, land animals, intelligent beings)?
Christine, 39, Teacher Mars? bacteria?
Elliott, 13, Student No, not at this moment are there any other planets in our solar system that are capable of sustaining life. At one time there might have been life on other planets.
Klint, 16, Stagehand No
Pat, 58, Retired Don't know - don't know
Potter, 21, Student/Web Designer Possibly, havn't been to them I wouldn't know.
Robert, 27, Receptionist that depends on what type of life, we don't know about jupitor, venus, saturn, etc. So there's really no way to say we know for sure either way. Plus, scientists have just discovered a planet similar to earth in another system.

IX - Answer Are there planets orbiting other stars? If so, do you think it is possible that life exists on them? How about intelligent life?
Christine, 39, Teacher Yes. It's possible. Probably.
Elliott, 13, Student Yes I think there are other planets orbiting other stars. I really don’t think life exists on them but one day there might be life on them seeing as Earth evolved from nothing. No, there is no intelligent life on them. Plus I don’t think “intelligent life” exists.
Klint, 16, Stagehand Yes to all, as for intelligent life absolutely
Pat, 58, Retired Yes, yes, yes
Potter, 21, Student/Web Designer Yes, Yes, & Yes.
Robert, 27, Receptionist yep, possible yes, possible yes.

X - Answer What does the phrase "dark side of the moon" usually refer to? Does the sun ever shine there?
Christine, 39, Teacher Yes. The dark side of the moon refers to the side of the moon that is not currently exposed to the sun. (Or it could refer to when my husband is mad at me.) The moon has this elliptical course and it rotates, so the sun does shine on that side.
Elliott, 13, Student The phrase, “dark side of the moon refers to the side of the moon with more craters and has a darker ground to it. Yes the sun does shine there.
Klint, 16, Stagehand Side of the moon that's not reflecting the suns light towards the viewer. Yes.
Pat, 58, Retired I don't believe the moon rotates on an axis, so there is always one side of the moon that the sun never shines on? Could be totally off the wall with that. Second part - No
Potter, 21, Student/Web Designer It's a great book/movie bout this alien/spiritual being (satan/devil) that lives there, and we mistakenly explore there. Pretty scary.
Robert, 27, Receptionist mwahahaha depends on what I'm wearing! seriously though, it's referring to the "dark side of the moon", meaning no sunlight. Often referred to so as to give a feeling of lost, solitude, coldness, and possibly fear. Ever see the movie Pitch Black ? That would be the dark side of the moon (ouch)