Review Checklist - Sample Questions
General Considerations, Main
- Around what year were telescopes first used
- What is a reflecting/refracting telescope?
- What are the advantages of reflecting/refracting
- What kind of telescope do most astronomers
use, and why?
- What is chromatic aberration?
- How big are the largest single mirrors currently
used for telescopes?
- How large are the largest optical telescopes
in use today?
- What feature made it possible to build mirrors
as large as 10 m for the Keck telescopes?
- What is the Hubble Space Telescope?
- What is the main reason the Hubble Telescope
gives great images?
- Can amateur astronomers make new astronomical
- What is the main purpose of a telescope?
- What are some reasons for building large
- What determines the light-gathering power
of a telescope?
- What is the angular resolution of a telescope?
- How can the angular resolution of a telescope
- What are the consequences of increasing the
surface area of a telescope mirror?
- What is the main factor affecting a telescope's
Telescope Location, New Technology
- How can the effects of atmospheric turbulence
- Why is a mountaintop a good location for
- What do we mean by active and adaptive optics?
- What are CCD's?
- What are some advantages of CCD's?
- What is interferometry?
- What do we gain when we use interferometry
Video on the Hale Telescope
on Mt. Palomar
- What important debate in astronomy was settled
by Hubble in the late 1920's?
- What unexpected fact did Hubble discover
in 1929 about distant galaxies?
- Why was the need felt in the 1930's to build
a telescope larger than the one on Mt Wilson?
- How wide is the mirror of the Hale telescope
on Mount Palomar?
- How long did it take to build the 200"
Mount Palomar telescope? When was it completed?
- What is the most time-consuming part of building
a large telescope?
- Where is the astronomer using the Mount Palomar
telescope usually located?
- What are some of the important things seen
with the Mount Palomar telescope?
page by luca bombelli <bombelli at olemiss.edu>,
modified 29 sep 2012