2012 Astronomy Quiz
Random questions about the Universe. How many can you get right? 20 Questions.
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How long does it take for light from the centre of the Sun to reach the Earth?
Roughly 8 minutes
Somewhere between 1-2 weeks
Around about 100,000 years
What happens when two pieces of metal touch in space?
They become permanently stuck
The lighter piece will begin to orbit the heavier one
This can't happen because all metals repel each other in space
What is the smallest planet in our solar system?
What is the closest galaxy to the Milky Way?
Canis Major Dwarf
What is currently the largest star (in terms of size) known to humankind?
VY Canis Majoris
What is currently the largest star (in terms of mass) known to humankind?
VY Canis Majoris
What lies in the middle of most (if not all) galaxies?
A supermassive black hole
The largest star in the galaxy
The largest planet in the galaxy
There is no middle in a galaxy
The asteroid belt is between which two planets?
Uranus & Saturn
Saturn & Jupiter
Jupiter & Mars
Mars & Earth
What is the most abundant chemical in the Universe?
Put these planets in order of size (Largest to smallest).
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What is so strange about Pluto?
The planet is actually a moon of Neptune
It's actually a comet
The planet's orbit greatly differs from all of the other planets in our solar system
It's too cold
The acceleration of the Universe has something to do with...?
What is the brightest star in the Milky Way galaxy?
Which was the first space flight "shuttle" that landed the first humans on to the Earth's moon?
Where are the youngest stars of a galaxy located?
Between the spiral arms and the middle (supermassive black hole)
At the central bulge
The spiral arms
The youngest stars can be found anywhere
Match the planet with the moon.
Drag items from right column to match with left column
What is presumed to constitute 83% of the matter in the Universe?
Type in the correct answer
How old is the Universe?
13.7 billion years old
10,000 years old
23 billion years old
4.7 billion years old
The Hubble Space Telescope is named after whom?
What is happening to Earth's moon?
It's eroding away and within 1 billion years it would be half its current size
It's getting closer to the Earth by 3-4 centimeters a year
It's drifting away from Earth by 3-4 centimeters a year
The moon is getting larger by 3-4 kilometers a year
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