Astronomer 15 Q&A


We asked a set of fifteen astronomy related questions. In order to get some insight into how the astronomers mind works…

  1. If you could go back in time and meet any scientific figure, what period would that be and who would you like to meet most?
  2. Do you have a favourite constellation?
  3. What do you regularly observe?
  4. What do you specialise in?
  5. Who influenced you most to take up astronomy?
  6. What advice would you give to a beginner just starting out?
  7. The Drake equation,N = R * fp * ne * fl * fi * fc * L ,  attempts to estimate the number of possible civilizations in our universe, Is there life out there….?
  8. What is the best part of being an astronomer and the worst?
  9. If you could visit anywhere in the universe where would that be and why?
  10. What gadget do you find indispensable as an astronomer?
  11. During the twentieth and twenty-first centuries our understanding of the universe has taken huge leaps forward.  Which discovery do you think had the greatest impact?
  12. We still only know what 5% of the universe is composed of normal matter, What about the other 95%?
  13. What future discovery are you looking most forward to?
  14. What book would you recommend for our WAS members to read on cloudy nights?
  15. As a stranded desert island astronomer you are allowed to take three things with you,  what would they be?


See what the answers were…….

The first to answer the Astronomer 15 Q&A and get the ball rolling is our very own……

Nick Howes

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