Tuskegee University Science and Sky Discussion

Tuskegee University Science and Sky Discussion


A.  Each of the following statements makes some type of claim.  Decide whether that claim could be evaluated scientifically or not.  If it can be evaluated scientifically, explain how you could do this evaluation.  If it cannot be evaluated scientifically, explain why not.  Explain clearly; these claims may not have definitive answers, so your explanation is the most important part.  Note that you are not being asked whether these statements are true or could be true, you are only asked if they can be evaluated scientifically.

My house is haunted by ghosts who make the creaking noises I hear each night.

Children born when Jupiter is in the constellation Taurus are more likely to grow up to be musicians than other children.

The National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, has developed a complex computer code based on the laws of thermodynamics that predicts the influence of added CO2 on climate.  It claims that with every additional 100 parts per million CO2, the mean global temperature will rise by 1 C.

  1. B.  Where are you and what time is it when you post your entry?  Which way would you point to Perth, Australia, from Toledo?  About what time is it in Perth?  For extra credit, what constellation is directly below you when you post your entry?  Here’s how to find out: Go to Sky and Tel sky chart, set your Location, and Date & Time as “Now” (under Submit).  Choose Display Options as only Constellation Names and Boundaries.  Now reset your location by entering manually the same latitude but S instead of N, and a longitude 180 deg more than your local value- et voila!  The constellation in question is right at the center of the sky.  Make sure you have un-checked the Show daylight option if it is daytime on that side of the Earth.