Informal astronomy questionnaire
I am curious about the experiences of my readers and listeners with basic astronomy. This is an informal survey.
We are now just past Mars retrograde square Neptune. That was in full focus about two hours ago, a little less.
Today I have a few questions to get a sense of the level of astronomical experience of my readers and listeners. Most involve direct experience. Some involve past study.
My question is, to how many of these questions can you answer yes and would you like to give it a go (note, most people will answer no to most of the questions).
Have you ever witnessed a solar or lunar eclipse, in person? Have you ever traveled to another place do so?
Have you seen Mars in the night sky in recent days or weeks, and can you explain why you can see it now but not at other times?
Have you ever witnessed a planetary transit, such as the transits of Venus in 2004 or 2012?
How many times have you carefully observed the Moon rising or setting?
Do you keep a pair of binoculars handy to view the Moon, or do you or a friend have a telescope that you’ve used?
Have you ever seen the moons of Jupiter through a telescope?
Can you explain what a meteorite shower is?
How many of the stars in the sky can you name?
Can you point to the center of the Milky Way galaxy when looking at the night sky?
Do you understand why you cannot see Venus and Mercury when they are retrograde?
As for academic or general knowledge:
Have you ever taken a university-level astronomy class?
Have you ever read an astronomy book?
Can you say something about the contributions of Copernicus, Kepler and Galileo toward our understanding of planetary motion?
Thank you for your thoughts.