Outer Space

Outer Space

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1.

What are red giants, white dwarves, supergiants and middleweights?

World-class wrestlers
Stars, in various stages of evolution
Planets, in various stages of evolution
Various sized galaxies
I don't know
2.

Stars last forever.

True
False
I don't know
3.

The closest star to the Earth is:

Proxima Centauri
The north star
Venus
The sun
I don't know
4.

The temperature of a star's surface is determined by:

How close it is to the sun
How large it is
The rate at which hydrogen is being converted into helium
Massive forest fires on the star's surface
I don't know
5.

Which of the following stars is the hottest?

Sirius, a white star
Capella, a yellow star
Antares, a red star
I don't know
6.

A meteor is:

A falling star
A piece of stony or metallic detritus captured by the earth's orbit and heated to glowing by the friction with the atmosphere
A piece of frozen matter enveloped in a cloud of dust and gases moving in orbit around the sun (particles from the sun make the gases glow)
A planetoid moving in orbit around the sun
I don't know
7.

A comet is:

A falling star
A piece of stony or metallic detritus captured by the earth's orbit and heated to glowing by the friction with the atmosphere
A piece of frozen matter enveloped in a cloud of dust and gases moving in orbit around the sun (particles from the sun make the gases glow)
A planetoid moving in orbit around the sun
I don't know
8.

The sun is about 4.5 billion years old. How many years before it is expected that the sun will fizzle out, resulting in the total destruction of Earth?

5 billion years
5 million years
5,000 years
500 years
5 years
I don't know
9.

How often does Halley's Comet return?

Every 10 years
Every 27 years
Every 58 years
Every 76 years
Every 92 years
I don't know
10.

Who put the first telescope to practical use?

Galileo
Copernicus
Ptolemy
Socrates
I don't know
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