Skip to comments.How many stars are in the solar system?
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 friends 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 youre 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 thats what science says doesnt mean its 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 youve got to be kidding me, I dont know or Hmmm 15?
And someone even said the sun isnt a star.
Im just completely speechless!
Well. Ask Carl.....he knows.
Ask the same people who’s on Dancing With The Stars and they’ll have no problem getting that correct.
1.7, given Jupiter is close.
Depends on whether you count people who think they are stars.
Well, let’s see. There’s Beyonce and Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake and Rhianna ...
every one of them !
(and that's a lot, I tell you .. )
Soon to be 2.0, I hear the Monolith is transmitting radio waves again. Haven't hear from Dave, though.
The dumbing down of America is well underway.
And we wonder how the country votes the way it does....
I’ll bet I know who most of them voted for for President. Scary HUH!
At parties I always like to ask people to convert calories into BTUs.
[ 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....
Maybe they were thinking of Hollywood?
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.
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.
Gee, give them a break. They were probably texting and you interrupted them with your question.
I am a child of the Apollo program, so I am bewildered by people who simply aren’t interested.
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.”
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.
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?)
252calories = 1btu
LOL. A marketing company.
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).
I'll be looking for 2001 & 2010 on Blu-Ray, now that we have a new TV.
1.7, given Jupiter is close.
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.
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.
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.
1 cal = 0.004 BTUs
1 BTU = 250 cal
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.
Maybe 2...can’t forget about good old Nemesis.
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.
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.”
I remember that, but haven’t thought about it in a light year. /s
I was referring to the celluloid version, 2001, which Clark was involved with in production.
Well dah!Should only be one. That one is known as the Sun..
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.
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.
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.