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Easy Astronomy and Space Exploration Quiz

written by: damdave
 
An easy quiz on astronomy and space exploration history.

Question 1:


The nearest star to the planet Earth is also known as what?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
Mel Gibson
The Moon
Alpha Centauri
The Sun

Question 2:

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What did Robert Goddard, an American scientist, do on March 16, 1926?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
Invented the first radio telescope
Launched the first liquid fueled rocket
Calculated the true 'Speed of Light'
Discovered the 'planet' Pluto


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Question 3:


How far away is the nearest star system to Earth besides our own solar system?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
about 1 thousand miles away
about 1 billion miles away
about 1million miles away
about 4.3 light years away

Question 4:


What is the main difference between a reflector telescope and a refractor telescope?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
A reflector telescope uses gremlins and a refractor telescope uses spirits.
A reflector telescope uses lenses and a refractor telescope uses mirrors.
A reflector telescope uses mirrors and a refractor telescope uses lenses.
There is no fundamental difference between the two.

Question 5:


Ursa Major and Ursa Minor are also known as what?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
Damious Davidious and Thadeous Golas
The Big Cheese and the Little Nacho
The Big Bopper and the Little Bopper
The Big Dipper and the Little Dipper

Question 6:

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The Hubble Telescope was placed in Earth orbit by a joint effort between which two space agencies?
FBI and Interpol
KAOS and SPECTRE
NASA and ESA
UN and NATO


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Question 7:


Fill in the missing letter in this chain that has to do with the Solar System we live in: M, V, E, M, J, _, U, N.
S
P
R
B

Question 8:


Nicolaus Copernicus, a Polish astronomer, is famous for what theory in astronomy?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
The theory of the 'Big Bang' creation of the Universe
The theory that the center of the Earth was the center of the Universe
The theory that the planets revolve around the Sun and not the Earth
The theory that the Stars are not constant, but changing

Question 9:

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This chunk of ice and rock (see picture) used to be called the ninth planet. What is its name?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)



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Question 10:


What is the name of the Galaxy that our Solar System is a part of?
Andromeda
The Large Magellanic Cloud
Hollywood
Milky Way

 


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