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Moon Quiz: Test Yourself on the Moon

For ages it has been Earth’s little sister. Find out just how much you know about the Moon and our relationship with it. Please post your score in the comment section.

1. Only ____ of the moon’s surface is visible from earth

 
 
 
 

2. In China, the dark shadows that are on the moon are called “the ___ in the moon”

 
 
 
 

3. The moon has no

 
 
 
 

4. About ___ moons would fit inside the Earth.

 
 
 
 

5. The first space craft to send back pictures from the moon was

 
 
 
 

6. In which mission did an astronaut perform a golf shot on the moon?

 
 
 
 

7. Which mission conducted the first manned flight test of the Lunar Module?

 
 
 
 

8. Which mission used the Lunar RV for the first time?

 
 
 
 

9. Which mission was the first night launch?

 
 
 
 

10. The moon is the second-densest body in the solar system, beaten by Jupiter’s moon ____

 
 
 
 

11. 4 total lunar eclipses that happen in a row is called

 
 
 
 

12. When both the sun and the eclipsed moon can be observed at the same time is called

 
 
 
 

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36 replies
  1. D H says:

    [QUOTE="mfb, post: 5469139, member: 405866"]Edit: Wait, they use 6 months as spacing between the full eclipses. That is weird. I would certainly not call that "in a row".[/QUOTE]Whet they mean is that there are no intervening partial or penumbral lunar eclipses. Greg has this one right.I do have to quibble about question 2. When people say that the Moon does have an atmosphere, what they mean is that the Moon has an exceeding low density exoatmosphere, with a surface atmospheric density on the Moon about 10[sup]-13[/sup] times that of the density of the Earth's atmosphere at the surface. When people say the Moon does not have a global magnetic field, what they mean the the Moon's dipole moment is less than 10[sup]-5[/sup] times that of the Earth's. There is no way to say that the Moon has no global magnetic field. The best we can say is that the Moon's global magnetic field, if it exists, is less than measurement noise. Measurement noise for magnetic field strength relative to that of the Earth is many orders of magnitude larger than is the measurement noise for particles of gas relative to that of the Earth standard atmosphere.

  2. Fewmet says:

    I got 8 correct. Having a father who worked on building the lunar module helped a lot, although I screwed up the first test of of the LM. I am surprised by the 49 moons fitting in Earth.

  3. davenn says:

    9 out of 12

    [QUOTE=”PeterDonis, post: 5468972, member: 197831″]10 out of 12, made a wrong guess on how many moons fit inside the Earth (should have calculated it in my head), and I had no idea what a Blood Moon was but I don’t consider that a matter of physics anyway. :wink:[/QUOTE]

    yeah me too,

    I chose 42 instead of 49 … reading/watching too much Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy hahaha

    [QUOTE=”Greg Bernhardt, post: 5469111, member: 1″]
    Did I read wrong?
    [URL]http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/blood-moon.html[/URL][/QUOTE]

    we have just been through a 4 eclipse blood mood set. This set of 4 is called a Tetrad
    two total eclipses in a year, two years in a row

    The first happened on April 15, 2014 and the second on October 8, 2014.
    The third blood moon on Saturday April 4, 2015. The last on September 28, 2015
    The eclipses in a tetrad occur 6 months apart with at least 6 full Moons between them.

    Dave

  4. mfb says:

    [QUOTE=”Greg Bernhardt, post: 5469111, member: 1″]Did I read wrong?
    [URL]http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/blood-moon.html[/URL][/QUOTE]No, it is wrong in the source.

    Edit: Wait, they use 6 months as spacing between the full eclipses. That is weird. I would certainly not call that “in a row”.

  5. Greg Bernhardt says:

    [QUOTE=”PeterDonis, post: 5468978, member: 197831″]I think a better wording for question 10 would be that the moon is the second densest [I]satellite[/I] in the solar system.[/QUOTE]
    ah yes that is what it is
    [URL]http://www.universetoday.com/20601/density-of-the-moon/[/URL]

    [QUOTE=”mfb, post: 5468964, member: 405866″]4 total lunar eclipses in a row are impossible.[/QUOTE]
    Did I read wrong?
    [URL]http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/blood-moon.html[/URL]

  6. mfb says:

    The second densest moon?

    Oh, and various artificial satellites are denser than the Moon.

    Got China, the night launch and the sun/eclipsing moon wrong. And the two questions that didn’t have a right answer.

  7. PeterDonis says:

    [QUOTE=”mfb, post: 5468964, member: 405866″]Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars are denser. Vesta is a bit denser.[/QUOTE]

    I think a better wording for question 10 would be that the moon is the second densest [I]satellite[/I] in the solar system.

  8. PeterDonis says:

    10 out of 12, made a wrong guess on how many moons fit inside the Earth (should have calculated it in my head), and I had no idea what a Blood Moon was but I don’t consider that a matter of physics anyway. :wink:

  9. mfb says:

    [USER=1]@Greg Bernhardt[/USER]:[quote]The moon is the second-densest body in the solar system, beaten by Jupiter’s moon ____[/quote]Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars are denser. Vesta is a bit denser. Io is denser. Various small particles should have a higher density.

    [quote]4 total lunar eclipses that happen in a row is called[/quote]4 total lunar eclipses in a row are impossible. “Blood moon” is just a simple lunar eclipse, or four full moons in a season. Either or, not both.

  10. Greg Bernhardt says:

    [QUOTE=”Charles Link, post: 5465226, member: 583509″]I thought the moon has no atmosphere[/QUOTE]
    [URL]https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LADEE/news/lunar-atmosphere.html#.VyuYyPmDFBc[/URL]

  11. Fewmet says:

    I got 8 correct. Having a father who worked on building the lunar module helped a lot, although I screwed up the first test of of the LM. I am surprised by the 49 moons fitting in Earth.

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