I got this e-mail from the astronomy graduate student listserv…most amusing:
During this time of the holidays, I thought I would share with the grads a warm and heartening letter from one of our finest former grad student and a personal mentor – Eric. This letter was written by Eric near the holidays in response to a young student’s astronomy questions. She obviously had a homework assignment and was being very lazy.
It just tingles the heart strings. Enjoy!
Hi, my name is Laura and I have a few questions about the planets. Would you be able to answer them for me? If so, the following questions need answering.
1]How were the planets formed?
2]How were the stars formed? and
3]what is the mass and density of the nine planets in our solar system?
If you could answer them you’d be doing me a HUGE favour.
Thank you for your time,
This sounds like a homework assignment, due ASAP. I recommend that read some text first, but I’ll give you some short answers — but I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you read your textbook on the material: