Test Your Astronomy Knowledge



Below are some questions that will help you understand your basic astronomy knowledge

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1. Name constellations that you know:

a.

b.

c.

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2. Name stars that you know by name:

i.

ii.

iii.

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3. Have you seen a planet (or planets) in the night sky?

(a) What is its name? Name a few:

(i).

(ii).

(iii).

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4. Describe where the South direction is?

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5. Does the sun rise in the east? (this is a trick question so think about it)

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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 you saw.

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7. Describe what you have observed about the Moon in the night sky.

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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?

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9. How far is ……

(a) the Moon is from Earth?

(b) the Sun is from Earth?

(a) How far are the stars are from Earth?

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10. How fast does light travel?

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11. How long does light take to reach the earth from

(a) the Moon?

(b)  the Sun?

(c) from the stars?

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12. How big is ……

(a) the Earth?

(b) the Sun?

(c) size of any planet?

(d) the solar system?

 (e) a galaxy?

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13. Why do some stars look white while others look red?

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14. (a) What is Hubble?

(b) What is ISS?

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15. Describe what you know about the Mbozi meteorite

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16. Describe what you know about how the stars are formed?

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17. Describe what you know about the International Year of Astronomy.

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If you would like to get more insights about your own understanding of astronomy, send me your answers by email to ntjiwaji at yahoo dot com and I will be able to advise you about it.



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