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"This is a quiz about general astromomy. It was written in 2000, so please keep this in mind when planets are described."
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Compared to the other planets in our solar system, where is the Earth? The _____ from the sun?
About how many individually distinguishable stars could you see WITHOUT the use of a telescope or binoculars, if you were away from the city on a clear night?
What is a solar eclipse?
when the sun moves between the earth and the moon
when the sun explodes
when the moon moves between the earth and the sun
when the sun emits solar flares
A group of stars named by ancient people because of heroes or animals they reminded them of is called a ...
Why do stars appear to twinkle when we look at them?
the earth's atmospheric layers bend their light rays
stars fluctuate their sizes
stars are different colors
only little stars twinkle
What is the name of the closest star to our Earth?
How far away from the Earth is our sun, approximately...?
93 trillion miles
93 light years
93 million miles
93 billion miles
Why do planets shine?
planets have their own source of energy
they reflect the sun
our galaxy glows
because we are not in a black hole
The word 'planet' comes from a Greek word meaning....?
What is a 'nebula'?
the shadow of distant stars
a fast moving comet
a cloud of gas and dust
a new star
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