Moons that are other worlds:
TESS camera apertures
Kepler primary mirror
Super-Earth or mini-Neptune?
What kind of things do you study, specifically?
What types of instruments do you build?
Do you use chemicals or gases, like helium, in your research?
spectral lamps, liquid nitrogen
Is there another planet that can support life?
Have you made any discoveries?
Have you ever tried space food? What was it like?
What is your theory on how the universe was created?
When you do research, how do you find things on other planets?
Why did you become a scientist?
Have you ever done any experiments? If so, what kind?
What is the closest exoplanet to our solar system?
Proxima Centauri b
Have you ever seen any planets through the telescope at NASA?
Was the moon landing fake?
What is physics?
How long does it take to confirm an exoplanet? What steps do you have to take?
What did you have to do to become a successful scientist?
What is a day like for a scientist?
What is the experience of being a scientist? What is the reaction when you tell people you’re a scientist?
Do you have another job besides being a scientist? If you weren’t a scientist, what would you be?
Was it always your dream to be a scientist?
What is it like to use a telescope? How do you use one?
What are your thoughts on aliens?
What do you do for fun at work? For example, if you have some down time.
Scale of the Solar system: http://joshworth.com/dev/pixelspace/pixelspace_solarsystem.html
Scale of the universe: http://htwins.net/scale2/
Sizes of stars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBkNhMfrxuk&feature=youtu.be
How many exoplanets have been found?
How was the asteroid belt made?
formation of solar system, disruption by Jupiter
Has any other life been found?
How many galaxies are there?
100s of billions: +100,000,000,000
Are there more spiral galaxies?
Are there planets outside our solar system?
How did the planets get in our solar system? Why not on a different star?
How do planets get moons?
Why are planets round?
Why does Saturn have rings? What are the rings?
How do planets get made?
Are there other planets with atmospheres like Earth’s
How do planets find their orbits?
How do we know what the Sun is made of?
How many stars are in our galaxy?
What is the purpose of a star?
Why are stars different colors?
Why do stars twinkle?
What are stars made of?
What is a supernova?
Where’s our closest star after the Sun?
How long do stars live?
Was there another Sun here before ours?
How are stars formed?
Are there moons around the Sun?
How many people have been to the moon?
24 have been to the moon, 12 have walked on it
Why can’t we see the moon’s colors from Earth?
How many black holes are there in our galaxy?
10s of millions: +10,000,000
What is a black hole if it’s not a hole?
Can humans visit black holes?
Do black holes have names?
What makes black holes so powerful?
What advice would you have for a student looking for a career in Astro?
What is the most interesting thing you have studied?
delphinus nova 2013
How does the supplier of the telescope work? (who made it, etc)
When and how were you inspired to work with telescopes?
The most insane thing you have seen with a telescope?
Are mirrored/reflecting telescopes the best type?
What do you like about your job? What do you most dislike about your job?
If you weren’t working on telescopes, what would you be doing?
What is something NASA is working on right now?
What can you say about other types of telescopes? (all kinds?)
Do you know when the luvoir telescope will launch?
What are your expectations for the future of humanity on other planets or finding life on other planets?
What climate change related projects is NASA working on?
If making money is your goal, what type of science should you study?
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Are there any plans to send humans to space again soon?
humans are on the ISS right now
How does climate change affect NASA? (if the world is going to end, if climate change is such a big problem, wont that affect our study of other planets)
Why is the government underfunding NASA? Are there other ways for NASA to get money?