While Stephanie and I were in the planetarium today I feel like I learned so much!! We got to watch a super cool 3D IMAX too. I left with this desire to google everything when I got home. You can all call me a nerd if you want, but this is for you Stephanie. Answers to some of our most pressing questions:
Q: What is the average age of a star?
A: “Many stars are between 1 billion and 10 billion years old. Some stars may even be close to 13.7 billion years old — the observed age of the universe. The oldest star yet discovered, HE 1523-0901, is an estimated 13.2 billion years old.” - Wikipedia
Q: Which parts of the space shuttle actually make it back to the earth, and which parts fall off where?
A: A yummy way to learn or if you prefer a slightly more advanced explanation
Q: Is Pluto techincally still considered by scientists to be a planet?
A: The word is "no" as of August 2006. However, for
Q: 3D movies are the best!! how exactly do they work?
A: “The technique usually involves filming two images simultaneously, with two cameras positioned side by side, generally facing each other and filming at a 90 degree angle via mirrors, in perfect synchronization and with identical technical characteristics. When viewed in such a way that each eye sees its photographed counterpart, the viewer's visual cortex will interpret the pair of images as a single three-dimensional image. Modern computer technology also allows for the production of 3D films without dual cameras.” - Wikipedia