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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
  • 8.3 milliseconds

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What happens when two pieces of metal touch in space?

  • They become permanently stuck
  • Nothing
  • The lighter piece will begin to orbit the heavier one
  • This can't happen because all metals repel each other in space

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What is the smallest planet in our solar system?

  • Pluto
  • Neptune
  • Jupiter
  • Mercury

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What is the closest galaxy to the Milky Way?

  • Canis Major Dwarf
  • Andromeda
  • Plaxton
  • HAT-P-1

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What is currently the largest star (in terms of size) known to humankind?

  • Epsilon Carinae
  • R136a1
  • VY Canis Majoris
  • "Our Sun"

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What is currently the largest star (in terms of mass) known to humankind?

  • Epsilon Carinae
  • R136a1
  • VY Canis Majoris
  • "Our Sun"

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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

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The asteroid belt is between which two planets?

  • Uranus & Saturn
  • Saturn & Jupiter
  • Jupiter & Mars
  • Mars & Earth

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What is the most abundant chemical in the Universe?

  • Oxygen
  • Helium
  • Carbon
  • Hydrogen

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Put these planets in order of size (Largest to smallest).

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  • Uranus
  • Neptune
  • Mars
  • Earth

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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

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The acceleration of the Universe has something to do with...?

  • Dark Matter
  • Dark Energy
  • Dark Flow
  • Dark Shift

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What is the brightest star in the Milky Way galaxy?

  • Sirius
  • "Our Sun"
  • Canopus
  • Mizar

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Which was the first space flight "shuttle" that landed the first humans on to the Earth's moon?

  • Apollo 11
  • Luna 1
  • Apollo 13
  • Discovery

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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

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Match the planet with the moon.

Drag items from right column to match with left column

Left

  • Earth
  • Saturn
  • Jupiter
  • Mars

Right

  • Luna
  • Europa
  • Titan
  • Deimos

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What is presumed to constitute 83% of the matter in the Universe?

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How old is the Universe?

  • 13.7 billion years old
  • 10,000 years old
  • 23 billion years old
  • 4.7 billion years old

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The Hubble Space Telescope is named after whom?

  • Geoffrey Hubble
  • Henry Hubble
  • Isaac Hubble
  • Edwin Hubble

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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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