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Practice Exam #1

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PRACTICE EXAM #1

  
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1.  Our solar system is located in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy.
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2.  1 A.U. (1 Astronomical Unit) is:
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3.  In winter, Earth’s axis points toward the star Polaris. In spring:
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4.  If you are located in the continental U.S. on the first day of July, how will the position of the Sun at noon be different two weeks later?
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5.  A week after full moon, the Moon’s phase is:    
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6.  If our year were twice as long (that is, if Earth took twice as many days to complete each orbit around the Sun), but Earth’s rotation period and axis tilt were unchanged, then:
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7.  Which of the following statements is true about the location of the Sun at sunrise during the middle of summer?
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8.  Which of the following groups of moon phases is above the horizon at 9:00 am?  
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9.  If you could see stars during the day, the drawing above shows what the sky would look like at noon on a given day. The Sun is near the stars of the constellation Taurus. Near which constellation would you expect the Sun to be located at sunset on this day?
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10.  What time is it when the moon phase shown at below first begins to set below the horizon?
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11.  USE DIAGRAM below to answer the next question. In this Earth-Sun system drawing we have indicated the direction of both the daily rotation of Earth about its own axis and its annual orbit about the Sun. Imagine you are the observer shown on Earth in the northern hemisphere.   11. For the time of year shown, which constellation will be highest in the sky at noon?  
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12.  Based on the locations of the constellations described below, what would be the horoscope sign of a person born on this day (i.e. the constellation behind the Sun)? - Taurus is high in the southern sky at sunset. - Aquarius is on the eastern horizon at sunrise. - Scorpius is on the western horizon at noon. - Leo is high in the southern sky at midnight.
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13.  In what phase and location described below will the Moon be, when a lunar eclipse occurs?
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14.  The figure below shows the evening sky as it would appear for an observer in the northern hemisphere. Notice that Polaris, the North Star, appears fairly high in the sky while other stars (labeled A—E) appear to slowly move around the North Star. Which direction would the stars appear to be moving about Polaris?
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15.  The figure below shows the evening sky as it would appear for an observer in the northern hemisphere. Notice that Polaris, the North Star, appears fairly high in the sky while other stars (labeled A—E) appear to slowly move around the North Star.   Which of the following is the best ranking for the amount of time that each of the stars shown above (A—E), will be above the horizon during a 24 hour period, from least amount of time to greatest.    
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16.  Consider the five situations shown below (A—E) in which Earth is drawn along with the light coming from the Sun. How many of the situations shown above are physically possible in terms of how the Earth’s tilt is represented relative to daytime, nighttime, and the direction of sunlight.
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17.  Consider the Earth labeled C in the figure above. For a person at the location marked with an X, what season is it?
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18.  Which of the following describes one reason that the northern and the southern hemispheres have different seasons at the same time?  
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19.  For an observer in the continental U.S., which of the three shadow plots, shown below, correctly depicts the Suns motion for one day?  
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20.  Which of the following could be true about shadow plot B from question 19?
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