- What makes a sunset beautiful?
- If there is life on another planet, what might the planet be like? What
would be important for life to exist there?
- What is a binary star?
- Why does David Trilling say: “The big splash from our work is that the
number of potential sites for planetary system formation has just gone up
- Why do dusty disks form in solar systems that contain planets?
- What are some of the difficulties of locating planets in other solar
- Why did Trilling and other researchers only get an image of a fuzzy blob
from their telescope images of the dusty rings?
- Why do some scientists think that binary stars are the best place to look
for life on other planets?
- How would having two suns affect how warm and how brightly lit a planet is?
- How would you go about looking for planets in the sky? How would you map
your finding? How would you collect the data if you had a high-powered
- This article describes a problem of viewing the dusty disks through a
telescope. Create a drawing where you illustrate this problem and label the
different parts. How does this drawing help you understand the scientist’s
- Scientists do not know why dusty disks are common in binary systems. What
next steps could they take to learn more about this problem? (Remember these
stars are VERY far away!)
- Do you think there is life on another planet? Why or why not?
- How might the presence of asteroids affect the planets in the dusty ring?
Where in the United States would be the best place to put a telescope? Why?
- Imagine that you live on a planet with a binary star. Write three fictional
journal entries on the weather and climate on your planet.
- Scientists who discover things often name them. What would be a good name
for planets that exist in a dusty ring of asteroids? Explain why you like the
name you have chosen.