What benefits to humanity come from the study of astronomy and the universe?

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  • 4 years ago
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    In Industry:

    — Your iPhone’s camera is a charge-coupled device (CCD) — an instrument, which converts the movement of electrical charge into a digital value. Originally developed for astronomy, CCD’s are now used in most cameras, webcams and cell phones.

    IPhone with a CCD

    — The computer language Forth, originally developed for the 36-foot telescope on Kitt Peak is now used by FedEx to track packages.

    — AT&T uses IRAF — software written by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory — to analyze computer systems.

    — Kodak film, originally created by astronomers studying the sun, is used extensively by the medical and industrial industries, photographers and artists.

    In Aerospace

    — Space-based telescopes have advanced defense satellites, which require identical technology and hardware.

    — Global Positioning System satellites rely on astronomical objects — quasars and distant galaxies — to determine accurate positions.

    In Energy

    — Technology gained from imaging X-rays is now used to monitor fusion — where two atomic nuclei combine to form a heavier nucleus — that may prove to be our answer for clean energy.

    In Medicine

    Magnetic resonance imaging utilizes Magnetic resonance imaging utilizes aperture synthesis – first an astronomical technique and now a medical technique. Astronomy struggles to see increasingly faint objects; Medicine struggles to see things obscured within the human body.

    — Aperture synthesis — the process of combining data from multiple telescopes to produce a single image seemingly created from a telescope the size of the entire collection — first developed by a radio astronomer has been used for multiple medical imaging tools, including CAT scanners and MRIs.

    — Building space-based telescopes requires an extremely clean environment in order to avoid dust particles from obscuring the mirrors or instruments. Similar methods and instruments are now used in hospitals and pharmaceutical labs.


    - International Collaboration

    — Collaboration also inspires competition. The Space Race — a competition between the Soviet Union and the United States for supremacy in space exploration — landed Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin on the moon.

    — Astronomy is a collaborative effort. In 1887 astronomers from around the world pooled their telescope images in order to create the first map of the entire sky. Today, astronomers travel around the globe to attend conferences, learn from one another, and utilize telescopes elsewhere.

    Everyday Life

    — Airports utilize advances in technology designed for astronomy. X-ray observatory technology is used in X-ray luggage belts. A gas chromatograph — an instrument designed for a Mars mission — is used to analyze luggage for explosives.

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  • 4 years ago

    Navigation at sea and on land.

    In the fairly recent past, land surveying depended to a some extent on astronomy, in much the same way as navigation at sea. Accurate land surveys are essential to ensure title to land. There is no use trying to claim that you own a farm or a suburban house yard if you don't know where the boundaries are.

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  • 4 years ago

    Understanding the universe is crucial to the continuation of the human species. The Earth will not always have life on it (our Sun will burn up). So if humans are to continue, then we need to understand more of how the Universe functions so that we can make an escape before life on Earth ends.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    none , because of time lag we can never see things as they are now every astronomical body is distorted because they are so large and so far away if we look at a galaxy 40 light years away that is 20 light years across it will be so big that we see the front part as it was 40 years ago the middle part ( maybe) as it was 50 years ago and the furthest part as it was 60 years ago so totally distorted

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  • 4 years ago

    Theer are plnety.

    My counter is what benefits are you look at, in what fields.

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  • Al
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    sum totality of knowledge is increased.

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