Time again to reach into the “Ask Mr. Cosmology” mailbag and see what readers want to know about . . . The Wonders of the Universe!
Q: Why does the full moon look larger near the horizon than when it’s higher in the sky?
Mr. Cosmology: Because it is.
Q: What is the correct pronunciation of supernovae?
Mr. Cosmology: Supernovae.
Q: I have a light, almost porcelain complexion. I’m a natural brunette, and I’ve always been fine with that, but I think I wouldn’t mind a change. I’m wondering if there’s a shade that might complement my features?
Mr. Cosmology: You’re thinking of “Ask Mr. Cosmetology.” And it’s henna.
Q: What’s the difference between astronomy and astrology?
Mr. Cosmology: Three letters, yet only one point, assuming neither word has a blank. And you’re thinking of “Ask Mr. Scrabble.”
Q: When is the universe going to end?
Mr. Cosmology: Right about…now.
Q: You were wrong.
Mr. Cosmology: Did I mention that the margin of error is plus or minus infinity?
Q: You mean eternity.
Mr. Cosmology: You say eternity, I say infinity, let’s call the whole thing off.
Q: How would you define the universe?
Mr. Cosmology: Mr. Cosmology just told you: Off.
Q: Knowing as much as you do about the workings of the cosmos, are you still able to look up at the night sky and feel awe?
Mr. Cosmology: Let’s just say that sometimes when reading a letter from the mailbag, Mr. Cosmology casts his eyes toward the heavens and goes, “Wow.”
Q: Of what possible value is cosmology?
Mr. Cosmology: Seventeen. Unless you’re using a blank.