Below are some questions
that will help you understand your basic astronomy knowledge
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1. Name constellations that you know:
2. Name stars that you know by name:
3. Have you seen a planet (or planets) in the night sky?
is its name? Name a few:
4. Describe where the South direction is?
5. Does the sun rise in the east? (this is a trick question
so think about it)
6. Have you used a telescope? (i.e. even if you have just
seen through it, at stars or distant objects on earth). Describe a little what you have done and what
7. Describe what you have observed about the Moon in the
8. Describe if you have you seen any difference in how the
stars in the sky look
(a) after a few hours?
(b) after a few days?
9. How far is ……
(a) the Moon is from
(b) the Sun is from
(a) How far are the
stars are from Earth?
10. How fast does light travel?
11. How long does light take to reach the earth from
(c) from the stars?
12. How big is ……
(a) the Earth?
of any planet?
13. Why do some stars look white while others look red?
14. (a) What is Hubble?
(b) What is ISS?
15. Describe what you know about the Mbozi meteorite
16. Describe what you know about how the stars are formed?
17. Describe what you know about the International Year of
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