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The Sun Quiz

written by: damdave
 
A quiz about the closest star to the Earth and the center of our Solar System.

Question 1:


The mean distance between the Sun and the Earth is about 93 million miles, which is also called what by astronomers?
Astronomical Unit (AU)
Light Year (LY)
Astronomical Mile (AM)
Solar Constant (SC)

Question 2:


How long does it take light to travel from the Sun to the Earth?
It arrives instantaneously
About 8 minutes
Less than 1 minute
Just over 34 minutes

Question 3:


The Sun creates its radiation (heat) by the nuclear fusion between which two elements?
Helium and Oxygen
Carbon and Helium
Hydrogen and Carbon
Hydrogen and Helium

Question 4:


The Sun contains about what percentage of the entire solar system's mass?
98%
78%
58%
28%

Question 5:


How long does it take the Sun to rotate once upon its axis?
The Sun does not rotate at all
About 24 to 30 hours
About 24 to 28 days
About once a year

Question 6:


The period of time between maximum and minimum sunspot activity, known as the Solar Cycle is about how many years in length?
101 years
51 years
1 year
11 years

Question 7:


The Sun's surface temperature is roughly 10,000 degrees F. The temperature at the Sun's core, however can be as high as what?
100,000 degrees F.
25,000 degrees F.
500,000 degrees F.
2,000,000 degrees F.

Question 8:


The Sun's magnetic field, driven by the Solar Wind, can reach distances how far out into space?
Just past the orbit of Mercury
Just inside the orbit of Jupiter
Between Pluto and the Oort Cloud
Into Interstellar space

Question 9:


A Solar Eclipse occurs when the Earth is between the Sun and the Moon.
False
True

Question 10:


What Greek mythological figure flew too close to the sun with his wings made of wax?
Daedalus
Icarus
Ariadne
Pasiphae

 


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