Astronomy Final Test 2

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1.  Which of the following planets does not orbit in the plane of the Solar System?
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2.  The similarities seen in the chemical compositions of the Sun and planets mean that
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3.  What causes the geological activity on Solar System objects?
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4.  What mechanism is most responsible for generating the internal heat that drives Io's volcanic activity?
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5.  What is significant about the motion of all the large bodies in the Solar System?
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6.  Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of the inner planets?
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7.  Why are all the large bodies in the Solar System round
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8.  Why does Jupiter have three distinct layers of clouds?
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9.  According to our theory of solar system formation, why did Uranus and Neptune end up to be much less massive than Jupiter and Saturn?
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10.  Even thought Venus is essentially the same size as Earth, its surface conditions are vastly different due to
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11.  According to astronomers' best estimate the age of the Solar System is about ___ years
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12.  What atmospheric constituent is responsible for the blue color of Uranus and Neptune?
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13.  Which of the following statement explains the mechanism of the greenhouse effect?
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14.  Which of the following observations, if made, could NOT be explained by the theory of solar system formation as discussed in class?
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15.  How do the size and mass of Jupiter's core compare to Earth?
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16.  What is the Great Red Spot?
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17.  Which Jovian planet should have the most extreme seasonal changes
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18.  If you compare a small, terrestrial planet to a larger one which of the following is true?
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19.  Which processes is used to determine the age of the Solar System?
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20.  Which of the following is NOT an effect caused by convection?
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21.  Which of the following objects in NOT rotating around its own axis?
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22.  What kind of surface features can arise from tectonics?
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23.  As the size of a terrestrial planet grows larger, the size of its lithosphere 
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24.  Why is the sky on Earth blue?
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25.  Based on everything we've discussed about solar system formation, which of the following statements is probably NOT true?
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26.  Which of following moons is the only one with an atmosphere?
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27.  Planetary surfaces changes caused by wind, water, or ice are called?
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28.  According to our basic scenario of solar system formation, why do the Jovian planets have numerous large moons?
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29.  Which of the following is NOT a general characteristic of the Jovian planets?
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30.  The following statements are all true. Which one counts as an "exception to the rule" in ebing unusual for our Solar System?
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31.  When energy is transferred by the motion of hot material rising and cooler material sinking, it is called
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32.  The greenhouse effect occurs because Earth's atmosphere is transparent to 
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33.  Which of the following is NOT necessary for a planet to generate a magnetic field?
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34.  Which of the following best explains why many Jovian moons have been more geologically active than the Moon or Mercury?
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35.  Why do the interiors of the Jovian planets differ?
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36.  Why are there no impact craters on the surface of Io?
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