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The Solar Eclipse

We marvel at these astronomical events, but how much do we know about them? 10 Questions.

 
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What name is given to people who chase solar eclipses?

  • "Extremophiles"
  • "Coronaphiles"
  • "Heliophiles"
  • "Umbraphiles"

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What is the greatest number of solar eclipses per year?

  • Between two and five
  • Between three and six
  • Between one and four
  • Between one and three

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A solar eclipse is said to have occured on the same day as whose death?

  • Alexander the Great's
  • Leonardo da Vinci's
  • Christ's
  • King Harold's (Battle of Hastings)

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What do you call this visible white halo around the Sun, which can be seen during an eclipse?

  • "Chromosphere"
  • "Photosphere"
  • "Corona"
  • "Lithosphere"

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Due to the Moon moving away from the Earth at approximately 3.8 cm each year, when will the last total solar eclipse occur?

  • Approximately 3.5 billion years
  • Approximately 2.7 billion years
  • Approximately 1.4 billion years
  • Approximately 6.2 billion years

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A total eclipse can never last for more than 7mins 31 secs, but by flying along the path of the Moon's shadow in Concorde this time limit was stretched to what?

  • 72 mins
  • 25 mins
  • 40 mins
  • 36 mins

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Commonly known as the "diamond ring", this beading phenomenon during a total eclipse is caused by what?

  • Sunlight being bent by the Moon's gravity
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  • ---
  • Sunlight shining through valleys on the Moon.

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Which astronomer provided an exact explanation for this beading effect in 1836, and after whom they were subsequently named?

  • Augustus de Morgan ("de Morgan's beads")
  • Francis Baily ("Baily's beads")
  • Tycho Brahe ("Brahe's beads")
  • Edmund Halley ("Halley's beads")

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When will the next total solar eclipse occur in 2012, which will be seen over Australia?

  • October 2/3
  • December 14/15
  • November 13/14
  • October 5/6

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Which of the following is not safe to use when viewing a solar eclipse?

  • Sunglasses
  • Smoked glass
  • Welder's glasses
  • Pinhole camera

 

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