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.Originally Posted by Irizary
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?
Sounds like my second possibility, very limited educational opportunities even for those who are curious. Very unfortunate.Originally Posted by Irizary
Like, the place I grew up was very rough, without much adult supervision. Even if kids had questions, there weren't many adults around to spend time with them and answer those questions, and teachers weren't very involved with kids' lives. So that's probably a deprived circumstance, but I'm not sure how rare it is.