For millennia, the skies above us have captured human imagination and inspired art and science. We wake up to the sun, a fiery cosmic giant without which we wouldn't survive. A star that helps us measure time, grow food, and observe the world's beauty, and one that will die in approximately 10 billion years. We go to sleep with the skies dark and speckled with twinkling lights, every light a hint at many more solar systems beyond our own and a way to navigate the globe. We've come so far in just the last few centuries alone. Most of us recognize that the Earth is not flat and that every planet in our solar system orbits our sun. We've gone from walking on the moon to sending spacecraft beyond Pluto to recycling rockets and taking rich people to space for tourism. It's been a wild ride, and if you think you're ready to take on our quiz, it's about to get wilder.
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) stands as a pinnacle of modern engineering. With its intricate design and groundbreaking capabilities, it represents one of the most ambitious space projects ever undertaken. Its massive mirror, designed to fold up to fit inside a rocket, and its resilience to the extreme cold of space showcase the epitome of human ingenuity and our relentless pursuit of knowledge.
The JWST's true magic lies in its ability to transport us back in time. By capturing light from the most distant galaxies, it offers a rare glimpse into the universe's earliest moments. This telescope will allow scientists to witness events previously beyond our reach, such as the ignition of the first stars or the formation of ancient galaxies, thereby piecing together the grand tapestry of cosmic evolution.
While previous telescopes like Hubble have dazzled us with visuals in visible light, the JWST introduces a fresh perspective by operating primarily in the infrared spectrum. This capability enables it to detect heat signatures and peer through cosmic dust, revealing hidden celestial wonders. Whether it's uncovering obscured stars or delving into the core of nebulae, the JWST's infrared prowess promises to illuminate the cosmos in ways we've never seen before.
Joselyn wasn’t too keen on multiple choice in high school. She vividly remembers the first biology exam she passed by only the skin of her teeth, which dragged her overall average down into the embarrassingly low 90s (she doesn’t want to talk about it). After swearing off any high school or university courses that required multiple choice tests, Joselyn managed to get an English degree by sweet-talking her professors into offering only essay-style exams. Needless to say, this did not exactly endear her to her peers. This rocky start smoothed out in time, though, and after tumbling down a black quiz hole one day while putting off job hunting, Joselyn realized her hatred of all things a-b-or-c had faded and she actually enjoyed dreaming up new ideas for questions and dangerously correct-sounding answers. You won’t find her quizzes an easy ride, but Joselyn just wants to make sure you’re really testing your knowledge.
For the uninitiated, these two terms are often confused for each other. Potato, potahto. Stars and signs. Those in the know will recognize that one is viewed as a serious field while the other is pooh-poohed. So, what's the difference? Well, for starters, astronomy studies everything outside of Earth's atmosphere, such as comets, meteors, supernovas, space travel, the possibility of alien life on certain faraway moons, and so on. Next, we have astrology. It isn't a science, but millions of people place value in it. Astrology considers the 12 constellations in the western zodiac i.e., Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces, and their positions to make predictions about people and events on Earth. Early on, astrology motivated astronomy and funded the efforts of scientists. Whatever your opinion, astrology has impacted the world and will continue to for a while.
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