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The Nighttime Sky

written by: DieZel
 
People have stared at the nighttime sky for thousands of years. Let's see if you know more about it than the ancient Babylonians, for example. Enjoy!

Question 1:


The home planet of Ford Prefect (from "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy") is said to be somewhere in the vicinity of this star. The star is also the second-brightest one in the constellation Orion.
Aldebaran
Rigel
Betelgeuse
Sirius

Question 2:


This is the brightest star in the sky (after the Sun, of course) and is located in the constellation Canis Major.
Sirius
Venus
Vega
Pollux

Question 3:


The first person to use a telescope for astronomical purposes was Galileo Galilei.
True
False

Question 4:


On 20 July 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the Moon. This is where he made his first steps.
Sea of Tranquility
Sea of Rains
Sea of Cold
Sea of Serenity

Question 5:


The nine planets in our solar system are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Earth, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Pluto and this "god of the sky" planet.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)


Question 6:


Saturn is the only planet in our solar system that has rings.
True
False

Question 7:


The Southern Cross is a well known constellation in the Southern Hemisphere. It was illustrated as part of this constellation for many years, before it was identified as a separate one in 1592.
Pyxis
Apus
Chamaeleon
Centaur

Question 8:


The Andromeda Galaxy, also known as M31, is visible to the naked eye, but only when the sky is very dark. The Persian astronomer Abd-al-Rahman Al Sufi described it as a "small cloud" in 964, but years later it became clear that it was a galaxy of this kind.
Irregular
Cubic
Elliptical
Spiral

Question 9:


This open cluster can be found in the constellation of Taurus, and is known as M45. According to Greek mythology, seven of its brightest stars are sisters.
NGC 7078
The Pleiades
The Hyades
The Hydra-Centaurus Supercluster

Question 10:


Arrange the following stars according to their brightness as seen from Earth, starting with the brightest one:

1) Rigil Kentaurus
2) Procyon
3) Altair
4) Vega
2, 3, 1, 4
4, 1, 3, 2
1, 4, 2, 3
1, 2, 4, 3

 


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