November 23rd, 2014
Waxing Crescent Moon
moon
Seth Jarvis

Cosmic Quiz: How Many Craters?

This week’s Cosmic Quiz winner is Matt Raphael, who asked, “How many craters are on the moon?” The quick and uninteresting answer is, “Too many to count.” Here’s the longer and hopefully more interesting answer:

Seth Jarvis

Finding Andromeda

Dave Goulding’s Most Excellent Cosmic Quiz Question: I’ve learned that the Andromeda galaxy is the only galaxy you can see without a telescope. Where do we look in the sky to see it?

Seth Jarvis

COSMIC QUIZ: Where’s the Closest Star?

This week’s KUTV Cosmic Quiz winner is Cameron Porcaro. Cameron’s question was, “How far away is the nearest star to our solar system?” Fun question!

Seth Jarvis

Evaporating Comets

This week’s Cosmic Quiz winner is Mary Newland, who asked, “Every year I like to watch the Perseids meteor shower. If the meteors are continually being shed, why does the comet not cease to exist?” That is a great question! As…

Seth Jarvis

Cosmic Quiz Winner

This week’s cosmic quiz question was submitted by Daniel Wallace, who asked, “How do astronomers figure out the size of planets orbiting other stars (and even what their atmosphere is made of)?”

Seth Jarvis

Cosmic Quiz – Why is the moon sometimes visible during the day?

This week 6-year-old Kambreigh Schooley asked us why she can sometimes see the moon during the daytime…What a great question! To answer this question you need to first remember that one half of the moon is always illuminated by the Sun.

Seth Jarvis

Cosmic Quiz – Flag Waving on the Moon

Joseph Amundsen’s recent Cosmic Quiz Question asks why the flags placed on the moon by the Apollo astronauts appear to be flapping in the wind.

Seth Jarvis

Cosmic Quiz – Let’s talk about star colors

This week’s Cosmic Quiz Question was asked by Erik Lindblom. “Why do stars shine in different colors?” That’s a great question, Eric! Stars come in a variety of colors, temperatures, ages, brightness and sizes.

Seth Jarvis

Cosmic Quiz Question – The Farthest Galaxy?

This week’s winner of the Clark Planetarium, KUTV-2 Cosmic Quiz is Zachary Griffin. He wants to know, “What is the farthest known galaxy?” There are several galaxies that are good candidates for the farthest-known galaxy, but what they all have…

Seth Jarvis

Cosmic Quiz Question: Why do stars twinkle?

Thanks to all of you who submitted questions to the Clark Planetarium, KUTV-2 Cosmic Quiz. Our first week’s winner, William Whetstone, asked us, “Why do Stars twinkle?” Stars “twinkle” because of turbulence in Earth’s atmosphere. The atmosphere acts like a…