Answers: TED- Lucianne Walkowicz: Look Up For A Change

You can see the talk on the official TED.com site here.

  1. We look at phones and computers when Lucianne says we should look at what?
    • The sky.
  2. What do we tend to think the outcome of change and technology is?
    • The loss of dark night skies.
  3. Where did she see her first dark night sky?
    • In Arizona.
  4. She says she’s boring on camping trips because “I don’t really know many _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ….”
    • She says she’s boring on camping trips because “I don’t really know many constellations….”
  5. [2:25] The picture on the left shows the same neighbourhood when?
    • During a blackout.
  6. What is it that allows us to see the Earth?
    • The sun shining on it.
  7. [3:23] She says, “You can see light _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ across the _ _ _ _ _ , everywhere.”
    • [3:23] She says, “You can see light spidering out across the globe, everywhere.”
  8. What are 2 extreme examples of places that are lit-up?
    • Times Square, the Vegas Strip.
  9. What situation was the lightbulb originally designed for?
    • The indoors.
  10. [4:21] “Its application in outdoor _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ , that traditional _ _ _ _ _ _ of the light bulb,
    this sort of _ _ _ _ _ _ that _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ light everywhere, is actually very _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ .
    So when you’re outdoors, mostly what you care about is lighting the _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ you and
    your _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ .”
    • [4:21] “Its application in outdoor lighting, that traditional shape of the light bulb,
      this sort of globe that spreads light everywhere, is actually very inefficient.
      So when you’re outdoors, mostly what you care about is lighting the ground beneath you and
      your immediate surroundings.”
  11. What do we call the light that escapes up into the sky?
    • Light pollution.
  12. How much energy are we wasting by lighting up the sky?
    • 60-70%.
  13. What piece of technology is providing us with pictures of things we can’t see from Earth?
    • The Hubble Space Telescope.
  14. Planetariums don’t directly access the sky, what can they access?
    • Our knowledge about the sky.
  15. What is it called when large scientific research projects put their data online?
    • Citizen Science Projects.
  16. What do ordinary people who join Galaxy Zoo do after they’ve learnt the tutorial?
    • Categorise and classify galaxies.
  17. What is the name of the project Lucianne is working on, and what is it?
    • Kepler, a space telescope.
  18. What do people who join Planet Hunters do?
    • Look for planets around other stars.
  19. [8:49] I don’t want to give you the idea that these are some _ _ _ / _ _ / _ _ _ _ scientists,
    or just a _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ , that are really into this. There are _ _ _ _ _ _ people who participate in these projects.
    And most of them don’t have _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ .
    • [8:49] I don’t want to give you the idea that these are some out of work scientists,
      or just a bunch of nerds, that are really into this. There are 60,000 people who participate in these projects.
      And most of them don’t have technical backgrounds.
  20. She says that looking at pictures from Hubble is similar to seeing a lion (a) in the zoo, or (b) in the wild?
    • (a)
  21. [9:44] The _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ of looking up and knowing that the sky you’re looking at
    surrounds _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ in the _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ , is very profound.
    Think about that _ _ _ / _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ . We are the only _ _ _ _ _ _ we know of that _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ / _ _ / _ _ .
    The sky that you see is shared by _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ that we know of in _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ .
    • [9:44] The experience of looking up and knowing that the sky you’re looking at
      surrounds every known living thing in the universe, is very profound.
      Think about that for a moment. We are the only planet we know of that has life on it.
      The sky that you see is shared by every other living thing that we know of in existence.
  22. What’s the website she recommends if you are interested in protecting the night sky?
    • www.darksky.org
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