In honor of the discovery of a new planet in our solar system, here are some jokes:

  1. What does an astronomer use to hold up his pants?
  2. Where does an astronomer go for a higher education?
  3. Did you hear the joke about astronomy?
  4. How do you keep astronomers clean?

Answer the questions in the comments if you think you are clever enough... I'll acknowledge the correct answers as posted or post the correct answers tomorrow pm in the comments.

Some miscellaneous facts:

  • Some time during the 300's BCE, Aristotle of Greece created an Earth-centered model of the universe that used 56 concentric spheres. The earth, sun, moon, and planets occupied different spheres. The outermost sphere was where the stars were located. The model of the universe where the Earth rotated around the Sun was first developed by Aristarchus of Greece around 300 BCE.
  • Around the year 150, Ptolemy of Greece perfected a view of the universe with Earth at it's center. Ptolemly's Earth-centered universe was accepted for nearly 1500 years.
  • In the early 1500's, Nicolas Copernicus of Poland developed a model of the universe where the Sun was the center of the universe
  • Galileo was jailed in the 1600's for supporting Copernicus' idea that Earth was not the center of the universe and actually rotated around the Sun.
  • Astronomers in China, Egypt, and Mesopotamia tracked the movements of the sun, moon, and planets more than 3,000 years ago.
  • Stars appear to twinkle because the moving atmosphere of our planet causes the light from the star to be bend slightly.

ยป by Madfish Willie on March 16 :: Permalink :: Comments (8) :: Funny Stuff

Trackbacks to Astronomy?

1. Orion's belt
2. Star Trek Academy
3. No, it was sucked into a black hole.
4. ~wonders what is an astromoer~ ;) bathe him with gamma rays*

*Oh wait, that is how The Incredible Hulk was created ... quick cut off the gamma ray projector

[secret message: Kang is gonna be evicted, so if there is anythin' at his house you want, grab it quickly, because the Sherrif might be comin' to kick that deadbeat kangaroo out at any time.]

Posted by: Tiger on March 16, 2004 01:44 PM

1. Orion's belt is correct.
2. *Gong*
3. Nice try.
4. Fjuck you! Spell Lame.

I don't have anything over at Kang's place that I need... There's some good info on Roos over there though... When's he pullin' the plug?

Posted by: Madfish Willie on March 16, 2004 01:52 PM

4. Meteor Shower

Posted by: oceanguy on March 16, 2004 04:10 PM

Ocenguy: Correct

Posted by: Madfish Willie on March 16, 2004 04:25 PM

I can shift Kang's posts elsewhere rather than just deleting them, if you like.

Posted by: Pixy Misa on March 17, 2004 12:05 AM

At least, I think I can... Yeah, I'm sure. I think.

Posted by: Pixy Misa on March 17, 2004 12:07 AM

I always thought it was "Asteroid belt"...

Posted by: Mike the Marine on March 17, 2004 08:06 PM

Actually, Mike the Marine is right according to my joke thingy. But both answers would fit the question.

Correct answer for #2: A Universe-ity
Correct answer for #3: Never mind... it's over your head!

That is all until next Tuesday!

Posted by: Madfish Willie on March 17, 2004 08:49 PM