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Basic Astronomy

written by: brittdeere
 
This is a quiz on some basic astronomy facts and definitions.

Question 1:


What is the nearest star to the Sun?
Deneb
Vega
Proxima Centuori
Polaris

Question 2:


In 1928, the International Astronomical Union divided the sky into how many official constellations?
55
88
77
99

Question 3:


What is the apparent path of the sun around the sky called?
Ecliptic
Zodiac
Corona
Revolution

Question 4:


At how many approximate degrees does Venus appear from the sun?
78
55
46
35

Question 5:


Name the point where an object's orbit passes through the plane of Earth's orbit.
Apogee
Prominence
Perigee
Node

Question 6:


The moon phases are the result of the moon's rotation around the Earth, causing us to see different parts of the moon's surface lit by the sun.
True
False

Question 7:


What is the name for a band of the celestial sphere centered on the ecliptic and encircling the sky?
Zodiac
Photosphere
Corona
Vernal Equinox

Question 8:


Summer Solstice is the point on the celestial sphere where the sun is at its most northerly point.
True
False

Question 9:


What is perihelion?
any planet visible in the sky just after sunset
the orbital point of greatest distance from the sun
the darkening of the moon when it moves through the Earth's shadow
the orbital point of the closest approach to the sun

Question 10:


How long can a total lunar eclipse last?
3 hours & 20 minutes
4 hours & 30 minutes
1 hour & 40 minutes
2 hours & 30 minutes

 


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