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Things in the sky quiz

  1. Jun 17, 2006 #1

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    "Things in the sky" quiz

    All right boys and girls, here's an easy quiz to get started. Let's sharpen up those pointy heads.

    Please do not google the answers, these are easy enough and it's multiple choice. If I could get them right without googling, so can you.

    Please answer in "invisible". , then end text with /color in [] I will post the answers later today. Anyone posting a link to answers will earn a suprise 24 hour vacation from PF.

    1) When does a solar eclipse occur?

    A- When Mercury passes between the sun and the Earth

    B- When Venus passes between the sun and the Earth

    C- When the moon passes between the sun and the Earth

    2) During a total solar eclipse, how long on average is the sun totally darkened?

    A- 25 seconds

    B- 2.5 minutes

    C- 25 minutes

    3) What do scientists call meteors that reach Earth?

    A- Asteroids

    B- Comets

    C- Meteorites

    D- Penqwuinos

    4) Where is the Meteor Crater, a hole about 4,180 feet (1,275 meters) across and 570 feet (175 meters) deep, located?

    A- Arizona

    B- Colorado

    C- New Mexico

    5) A total solar eclipse can be seen only in certain parts of the world and only areas that lie in the so-called path of totality can view a total eclipse. Approximately how wide is this path?

    A- 170 miles

    B- 1,700 miles

    C- 17,000 miles

    6) At what distance above Earth do most meteors become visible to the human eye?

    A- 6 to 20 miles (10 to 32 kilometers)

    B- 30 to 60 miles (50 to 95 kilometers)

    C- 40 and 75 miles (65 and 120 kilometers)

    7) What type of meteorite consists of minerals rich in silicon and oxygen?

    A- Stony

    B- Iron

    C- Stony-iron

    8) What scientist used observations from a total solar eclipse to support one of his most important theories?

    A- Niels Bohr

    B- Albert Einstein

    C- Enrico Fermi

    9) What do scientists call an eclipse where only the middle of the sun darkens, leaving a bright ring around the edges?

    A- Annular

    B- Partial

    C- Total

    10)According to scientists, the most brilliant meteor shower of known history took place in what year?

    A- 4 B.C.

    B - 1833

    C- 1999

    11) Ancient Chinese astronomers thought that solar eclipses were caused by what event?

    A- The sun had circled to the dark side of the Earth

    B- Jupiter or Mars had moved in front of the sun

    C- A dragon in the sky tried to swallow the sun

    12) What do scientists often call the brightest meteors? These meteors are as bright as Jupiter or Venus in the night sky.

    A- Shooting stars

    B- Falling stars

    C- Fireballs
     
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  3. Jun 17, 2006 #2

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    BeginTesting, is this invisible?
    b,b,c,c,a,c,a,b,a,b,c, (Holy sh*t! Lookie that! --- Use of the superlative requires much brighter than Venus or Jupiter --- and, scientists call them "bolides," not "fireballs.")
    End.
     
  4. Jun 17, 2006 #3
    Without looking anything up, (but WITH using the quiz against itself)
    1 C
    2 B
    3 C
    4 A (not sure on that one)
    5 A (should actually vary by eclipse, since some are annular)
    6 A (just a guess, but probably much lower than most think)
    7 A
    8 B
    9 A
    10 A (beats me, but probably very old if question worth asking)
    11 C
    12 C (another guess, as it's slang, but they are usually careful to avoid referrign to them as "stars")
     
  5. Jun 17, 2006 #4

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    Reminder, don't use the "quote" function on anyone's answers, as it will be viewable.
     
  6. Jun 17, 2006 #5

    1) When does a solar eclipse occur?
    C- When the moon passes between the sun and the Earth
    2) During a total solar eclipse, how long on average is the sun totally darkened?
    B- 2.5 minutes
    3) What do scientists call meteors that reach Earth?
    C- Meteorites
    4) Where is the Meteor Crater, a hole about 4,180 feet (1,275 meters) across and 570 feet (175 meters) deep, located?
    A- Arizona
    5) A total solar eclipse can be seen only in certain parts of the world and only areas that lie in the so-called path of totality can view a total eclipse. Approximately how wide is this path?
    A- 170 miles
    6) At what distance above Earth do most meteors become visible to the human eye?
    B- 30 to 60 miles (50 to 95 kilometers)
    7) What type of meteorite consists of minerals rich in silicon and oxygen?
    A- Stony
    8) What scientist used observations from a total solar eclipse to support one of his most important theories?
    B- Albert Einstein
    9) What do scientists call an eclipse where only the middle of the sun darkens, leaving a bright ring around the edges?
    A- Annular
    10)According to scientists, the most brilliant meteor shower of known history took place in what year?
    A- 4 B.C.
    11) Ancient Chinese astronomers thought that solar eclipses were caused by what event?
    C- A dragon in the sky tried to swallow the sun
    12) What do scientists often call the brightest meteors? These meteors are as bright as Jupiter or Venus in the night sky.
    C- Fireballs


    Curiously, i'm not sure about the axact location of meteor's crater :blushing:
     
  7. Jun 17, 2006 #6
    C, A, C, A, B, A, A, B, A, B, C, C
     
  8. Jun 17, 2006 #7

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    All I know is that Meteor better get 3, 4, 6, 7 and 10 right - or at least do better than the majority on those. Heck, if there were a quiz about Gokul and I didn't do well, that would be pretty embarrassing!
     
  9. Jun 17, 2006 #8
    He, he, the test is really tailored for me. Regrettably, I've just checked that at least one of my answers to one of the questions related to me is wrong
     
  10. Jun 17, 2006 #9
    remember, use the tag :)
    C Moon
    A 25 seconds
    C Meteorites
    A The Arizona one?
    A 170 miles
    B 30-60 miles
    C Stony-Iron
    B Albert Einstein?
    A Annular
    A 4 B.C.
    C I think they didn't follow a geocentric model, they could probably tell the Moon was not Jupiter or Mars, so that leaves me with the dragon
    C fireballs
     
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  11. Jun 17, 2006 #10

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    C, A, C, A, A, B, C, C, A, B, B, A
     
  12. Jun 17, 2006 #11

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    Pengwuinos!
     
  13. Jun 17, 2006 #12
    too ez_________
     
  14. Jun 17, 2006 #13

    Evo

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    Not as easy as you think, unless you look up the answers.
     
  15. Jun 17, 2006 #14

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    :rofl: I like that option. I think I'm going to answer it for all of them. :biggrin:
     
  16. Jun 18, 2006 #15

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    Geeze, only a few people here felt confident enough to post answers? And those that did...did excellent.

    I will give it another day. I didn't realize so many would be afraid to try. :confused:
     
  17. Jun 18, 2006 #16

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    I'm waiting for you to compliment my culinary skills... then maybe ill ansewr your quiz!
     
  18. Jun 18, 2006 #17

    Evo

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    Ok, the answers for those that want to check.

    1) C

    2) B

    3) C

    4) A

    5) A

    6) C

    7) A

    8) B

    9) A

    10) B

    11) C

    12) C
     
  19. Jun 19, 2006 #18

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    Cool Quiz. How about submitting this to the quiz section? It needs some more I reckon.
     
  20. Jun 19, 2006 #19

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    1) When does a solar eclipse occur?

    C- When the moon passes between the sun and the Earth

    2) During a total solar eclipse, how long on average is the sun totally darkened?

    B- 2.5 minutes (not sure about this one)

    3) What do scientists call meteors that reach Earth?

    C- Meteorites

    4) Where is the Meteor Crater, a hole about 4,180 feet (1,275 meters) across and 570 feet (175 meters) deep, located?

    A- Arizona

    5) A total solar eclipse can be seen only in certain parts of the world and only areas that lie in the so-called path of totality can view a total eclipse. Approximately how wide is this path?

    A- 170 miles

    uh,oh - now they start getting tough

    6) At what distance above Earth do most meteors become visible to the human eye?

    B- 30 to 60 miles (50 to 95 kilometers)

    7) What type of meteorite consists of minerals rich in silicon and oxygen?

    A- Stony

    8) What scientist used observations from a total solar eclipse to support one of his most important theories?

    B- Albert Einstein

    9) What do scientists call an eclipse where only the middle of the sun darkens, leaving a bright ring around the edges?

    C- Total

    10)According to scientists, the most brilliant meteor shower of known history took place in what year?

    B - 1833 (A Leonids meteor storm caused by comet debris that hasn't yet dispursed out over the comet's entire orbit path)

    11) Ancient Chinese astronomers thought that solar eclipses were caused by what event?

    C- A dragon in the sky tried to swallow the sun

    12) What do scientists often call the brightest meteors? These meteors are as bright as Jupiter or Venus in the night sky.

    C- Fireballs

    A surprise vacation??!! Cool!! Where to?:cool: Somewhere warm, I hope.
     
  21. Jun 19, 2006 #20

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    Uhm, actually to my back yard to help work. :redface:

    Oh, so close! So far, no one has answered all correct (I actually missed two myself)
     
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