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Apologies to all french people who actually do know what the moon is:


"What is it that orbits around the Earth?"

a)the Moon b)the Sun

c)Mars d)Venus

Poor guy, maybe the audience were screwing around...
 

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Re. the first question about orbits, I don't think it's surprising that many people don't know basic astronomy. Where do people learn it? Despite a lot of education, I didn't learn it in school, but on my own.

Where and when did you learn it?
 

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Re. the first question about orbits, I don't think it's surprising that many people don't know basic astronomy. Where do people learn it? Despite a lot of education, I didn't learn it in school, but on my own.

Where and when did you learn it?
Grade school. 2nd grade, I think. I remember studying the solar system with this one teacher whom I had for both 2nd and 3rd grade.
 

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Re. the first question about orbits, I don't think it's surprising that many people don't know basic astronomy. Where do people learn it? Despite a lot of education, I didn't learn it in school, but on my own.

Where and when did you learn it?
Astronomy was a pretty big deal in my school. We had wall charts, models, regular trips to a planetarium, and books about the planets were always fought over in library class. But I probably learned about it from my parents initially. And I went to an inner ring suburb, mostly working class public school district.

Even if not formally taught, it seems like something like the relationship between the earth and its moon and sun is something that a child would ask about on their own eventually. As in questions about eclipses, day and night, seasons (although that has to do with the tilt of the earth's axis), and the changing shape of the moon. And Copernicus and Galileo would come up at some point before one graduates from high school.

I think people who don't know this sort of thing must have little value for knowledge/curiosity or live in a very uneducated population with horrible schools and no library.
 

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Re. the first question about orbits, I don't think it's surprising that many people don't know basic astronomy. Where do people learn it? Despite a lot of education, I didn't learn it in school, but on my own.

Where and when did you learn it?
Elementary school.
 

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I think my earliest recollection of astronomy was when I was about 4. My uncle had a telescope and we looked at the stars and the moon...... I have a hard time understanding how someone doesn't know the moon orbits the earth.... very odd.
 
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