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Questions from 1996

Here are the questions and answers I have from 1996.

  1. How did astronomers first find the distance to the Sun?

  2. What causes the aurora?

  3. Is the Big Bang theory still the best one?

  4. What is the job of the Cassini probe?

  5. Lots of questions about comets and stars!

  6. Is it possible to build an elevator to space?

  7. What are NASA's plans to do after the Hubble Space Telescope?

  8. How do we know the Mars Meteorite came from Mars?

  9. What are the risks associated with nearby supernovae?

  10. What is a wormhole, and can people go through them? (November 10, 1996)

  11. What is the latest star to be discovered? (November 13, 1996)

  12. What is the gravity like inside a hollow sphere? (November 14, 1996)

  13. Would the Earth burn up if you move it closer to the Sun? (November 14, 1996)

  14. What biophysiological effects does the Moon have on humans? (November 14, 1996)

  15. What is known about a new type of lightning called "sprites"? (November 15, 1996)

  16. What is going on with Olbers' paradox and the missing mass problem? (November 18, 1996)

  17. What is a black hole? (November 18, 1996)

  18. Which way would water spin down a drain on the equator? (November 19, 1996)

  19. Why does a wheel look like it is rotating backwards as it speeds up? (November 20, 1996)

  20. Why does a whoopee cushion or a balloon make a noise? (November 20, 1996)

  21. What is a magnet made of? (November 20, 1996)

  22. Can anything go faster than light? (November 21, 1996)

  23. How does Wien's law work? (November 21, 1996)

  24. What does "electron probability" mean? (November 24, 1996)

  25. Why does blowing on a match put it out? (November 27, 1996)

  26. Does the Sun rotate? (November 29, 1996)

  27. What color is a mirror? (December 4, 1996)

  28. How does the Sun produce energy? (December 8, 1996)

  29. What is air? (December 10, 1996)

  30. Why are traffic lights red? (December 12, 1996)

  31. When does the Earth move fastest around the Sun? (December 16, 1996)

  32. Why can't you jump in a falling elevator? (December 20, 1996)

  33. What is a parsec? (December 21, 1996)

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