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How many stars are in the solar system?
Vanity | 4/22/2014 | Self

Posted on 04/22/2014 7:48:56 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo

I got this email from a relative. Scary how uneducated some "educated" people are. These are middle class 30s people with good jobs, a mix of high school and college graduates.

I was at my friend’s house last night and there were a bunch of people over.

It was really nice out so we stayed outside most of the time. When the stars started to appear I used an app on my phone that lets you look up in the sky and it identifies what stars/planets/constellations you’re aiming the phone at.

One thing lead to another and a person made a comment about “all the stars in our solar system”. I said there was only one star and that there were hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy. She was completely confused.

So I went around and asked people “how many stars in our solar system” – not a single person answered ONE.

And one tried to convince me that the sun revolves around the earth. She started to get angry when I kept disagreeing with her and she told me that just because that’s what science says doesn’t mean it’s true.

So this morning I went into work and asked everyone at work how many stars are in our solar system – I got a bunch of “you’ve got to be kidding me, I don’t know” or “Hmmm… 15?”

And someone even said “the sun isn’t a star”.

I’m just completely speechless!


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KEYWORDS: dumbingofamerica; ignorance; ignoranceisbliss
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1 posted on 04/22/2014 7:48:56 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: NewHampshireDuo

Well. Ask Carl.....he knows.


2 posted on 04/22/2014 7:49:55 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

Ask the same people who’s on Dancing With The Stars and they’ll have no problem getting that correct.


3 posted on 04/22/2014 7:50:53 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: NewHampshireDuo

1.7, given Jupiter is close.


4 posted on 04/22/2014 7:51:25 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: NewHampshireDuo

Depends on whether you count people who think they are stars.


5 posted on 04/22/2014 7:51:32 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: NewHampshireDuo
Where does she work? Congress?

6 posted on 04/22/2014 7:52:18 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

Wow.


7 posted on 04/22/2014 7:52:51 AM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless America)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

Well, let’s see. There’s Beyonce and Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake and Rhianna ...


8 posted on 04/22/2014 7:52:55 AM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: NewHampshireDuo
I counted them once and the answer is ;

every one of them !

(and that's a lot, I tell you .. )

9 posted on 04/22/2014 7:53:28 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Diogenesis
1.7, given Jupiter is close.

Soon to be 2.0, I hear the Monolith is transmitting radio waves again. Haven't hear from Dave, though.

10 posted on 04/22/2014 7:53:41 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

The dumbing down of America is well underway.


11 posted on 04/22/2014 7:54:16 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

And we wonder how the country votes the way it does....


12 posted on 04/22/2014 7:54:58 AM PDT by ryan71 (The Partisans)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

I’ll bet I know who most of them voted for for President. Scary HUH!


13 posted on 04/22/2014 7:57:06 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

At parties I always like to ask people to convert calories into BTUs.


14 posted on 04/22/2014 7:57:26 AM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Diogenesis

[ 1.7, given Jupiter is close. ]

2.9 1 for the sun, 1 for Nemesis, .7 for Jupiter and .2 for Saturn...

Nemesis is a far distant red/brown dwarf we haven’t found yet....


15 posted on 04/22/2014 7:58:43 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: NewHampshireDuo

Maybe they were thinking of Hollywood?


16 posted on 04/22/2014 7:59:43 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

Several problems.
People tend to be sloppy on how they communicate about science and technical issues.
This is how the uber-left manipulates the voter.
Second, people don’t try and understand science. We have (thankfully very few) FR’s who still think the earth is only 4000 years old.

Grasping aspects of science requires interest and the effort to understand things which are not always easy.


17 posted on 04/22/2014 8:00:18 AM PDT by Zathras
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To: NewHampshireDuo

I’ve come to the conclusion that like art, astronomy is for those who can appreciate it. There’s not really much practical use for it unless you happen to work for NASA or something. For myself, I just enjoy accumulating knowledge on the subject that most people would consider useless in their day to day lives.


18 posted on 04/22/2014 8:00:35 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

Gee, give them a break. They were probably texting and you interrupted them with your question.


19 posted on 04/22/2014 8:02:14 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: NewHampshireDuo

42


20 posted on 04/22/2014 8:02:33 AM PDT by eCSMaster ("It is not the color of his skin, ... it is the blackness that fills his soul")
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To: NewHampshireDuo

I am a child of the Apollo program, so I am bewildered by people who simply aren’t interested.


21 posted on 04/22/2014 8:02:41 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: NewHampshireDuo

I heard someone had posted something similar on facebook. Some arrogant preteen commented the sun isn’t a star.

“A sun is a sun and a star is a star. The sun isn’t a star.”


22 posted on 04/22/2014 8:05:23 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Night Hides Not

Clark originally had the event happening on Saturn. In Arthur’s story, Dave ‘fell’ into Iapetus, which orbits Saturn. Iapetus is the moon with a ‘seam’ of three ridges running completely around the circumference of the object.


23 posted on 04/22/2014 8:07:20 AM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: Sawdring

One Calorie is about 4,000 BTU.
One calorie is about 4 BTU

The folks at parties might know that one pound of fat equals about 3,500 Calories!

(did I get my decimals correct?)


24 posted on 04/22/2014 8:07:21 AM PDT by BwanaNdege
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To: Sawdring

252calories = 1btu


25 posted on 04/22/2014 8:07:31 AM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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To: BitWielder1
Where does she work? Congress?

LOL. A marketing company.

26 posted on 04/22/2014 8:08:47 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: NewHampshireDuo

Want real fun? Discuss moon phases, like why there are moon phases and what causes them.

One fun thing to do if conditions are right (standing in sunlight with a crescent moon in the sky), hold up an orange next to the moon, it will be exactly the same phase!

I ran across an author who wrote dramatically that “the full Moon rose at midnight...” and could not understand that that can’t happen.

For more fun, August 21 2017 there will be a total solar eclipse in the USA. If you get a really ignorant person, you may be able to convince them that if they sign their car title over to you, you’ll bring back the sun (you gotta get this done quickly, though).


27 posted on 04/22/2014 8:10:14 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: MHGinTN
You're definitely my "go-to" guy on Arthur Clark novels. I'm only good for recalling bit pieces from the two movies.

I'll be looking for 2001 & 2010 on Blu-Ray, now that we have a new TV.

28 posted on 04/22/2014 8:12:25 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: NewHampshireDuo
Marketing people are just as removed from reality as politicians.

29 posted on 04/22/2014 8:13:05 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Diogenesis

1.7, given Jupiter is close.


I put it at 1.5. ;-)


30 posted on 04/22/2014 8:14:17 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: NewHampshireDuo

I think it all started when Han Solo said he could make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs. A whole panoply of morons let that one get on the screen.


31 posted on 04/22/2014 8:15:42 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: NewHampshireDuo

The really scary thing is: these people vote.

The last presidential election convinced me the country is full of idiots. I hated to admit I was part of a minority in this country. I didn’t admit that I was wrong, just that I was in the minority. It is hard to overcome stupidity.


32 posted on 04/22/2014 8:16:52 AM PDT by toast
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To: MHGinTN

There was a sci fi story in the fifties which had an ‘astronaut’ finding a huge face on Mars and climbing it he fell into the right eye socket. In the twenties, Tesla and friends received signals from Mars and even had a primitive printer hooked up to a radio telescope which rendered dot-matrix imagery and sequences.


33 posted on 04/22/2014 8:18:43 AM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: BwanaNdege

1 cal = 0.004 BTUs
1 BTU = 250 cal


34 posted on 04/22/2014 8:19:00 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

First day in my college Astronomy class, a girl asked “Are there any stars between the earth and the moon?”

Only the ones circling your head, my dear.

I knew at that point that no matter what, I was not going to get the lowest grade in the class.


35 posted on 04/22/2014 8:22:03 AM PDT by henkster (I don't like bossy women telling me what words I can't use.)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

Maybe 2...can’t forget about good old Nemesis.


36 posted on 04/22/2014 8:22:29 AM PDT by ohiobuckeye1997
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To: Night Hides Not

pingaling


37 posted on 04/22/2014 8:25:11 AM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: DBrow
In Mel Gibson's otherwise excellent movie Apocalypto, the protagonist escapes being sacrificed during the chaos brought on by a solar eclipse. That night, he flees his pursuers through a jungle lit by a full moon...
38 posted on 04/22/2014 8:25:14 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: NewHampshireDuo
One thing lead to another and a person made a comment about “all the stars in our solar system”. I said there was only one star and that there were hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy. She was completely confused.


39 posted on 04/22/2014 8:25:53 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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One thing lead to another...

In the interest of furthering education, please, spell led correctly. Please!

Now, what's the name of that app? I used to just call my brother, an astro-photographer, and he'd tell me what I was looking at. I miss him every day, but mostly at night, when the stars put on their show.

40 posted on 04/22/2014 8:26:38 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Wagglebee please come home we miss you! ~ Þ)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

Pretty horrifying example, but very believable. Years ago I gave a small star party for the neighbors because of an unusual plantetary lineup at dusk where you could see five planets lined up from the horizon, including Mercury. One woman looked through the scope at Saturn and remarked that it was pretty, and asked what it was. I told her that that was Saturn, the planet with the rings. She looked me straight in the eye and said, “It really has actual rings? I thought that was a marketing thing.”


41 posted on 04/22/2014 8:28:10 AM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: RIghtwardHo

I remember that, but haven’t thought about it in a light year. /s


42 posted on 04/22/2014 8:28:38 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: MHGinTN
‘Clark originally had the event happening on Saturn’
Actually, Clarke's original story ‘The Sentinel’ took place on Earth's moon. Just a 5 page story but what a wallop at the end.
43 posted on 04/22/2014 8:30:57 AM PDT by ArtDodger
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To: ArtDodger

I was referring to the celluloid version, 2001, which Clark was involved with in production.


44 posted on 04/22/2014 8:33:26 AM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: NewHampshireDuo

Well dah!Should only be one. That one is known as the Sun..


45 posted on 04/22/2014 8:34:01 AM PDT by puppypusher ( The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: NewHampshireDuo
To me, this is sort of like asking "What weighs more, a pound of lead or a pound of feathers?"

My flip, off-the-cuff reply was "millions". Then I re-read what you were asking. "One", of course.

But the guy who didn't know that the sun was a star.....shudder. He votes. And drives.

46 posted on 04/22/2014 8:34:48 AM PDT by wbill
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To: ArtDodger
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This article is about the narrative. For the film, see 2001: A Space Odyssey (film). For the novel, see 2001: A Space Odyssey (novel).

2001: A Space Odyssey is a science-fiction narrative, produced in 1968 as both a novel, written by Arthur C. Clarke, and a film, directed by Stanley Kubrick. It is a part of Clarke's Space Odyssey series. Both the novel and the film are partially based on Clarke's short story "The Sentinel", written in 1948 as an entry in a BBC short story competition, and "Encounter in the Dawn", published in 1953 in the magazine Amazing Stories.

47 posted on 04/22/2014 8:37:21 AM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: BwanaNdege
Off by 1000. People should be very careful when dealing with calories. There are two types commonly used. One is the physics calorie which is the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one gram of water 1 degree C. The dietary Calorie is the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one kilogram of water 1 degree C, or 1000 times larger. This is why European packages often list kilocalories to make it clear which is being used.

One BTU is the heat required to raise one pound of water by one degree F, or about one quarter of a dietary Calorie. (about half the water by about half the temperature change)

Also there are slight changes based on what you use as the base temperature because water does not require exactly the same heat to change by one degree at different temperatures.

48 posted on 04/22/2014 8:38:48 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: Diogenesis

True answer.

/johnny


49 posted on 04/22/2014 8:40:17 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: NewHampshireDuo
Well, aside from the "nemesis" theory (hypothetical second star that appears every 32 million year), the answer is obviously one.

http://www.universetoday.com/15580/how-many-stars-are-in-the-solar-system/
50 posted on 04/22/2014 8:40:43 AM PDT by zencycler
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