Take The Astronomy Vocab Practice Questions!

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Take The Astronomy Vocab Practice Questions! - Quiz

Do these astronomy vocabulary questions look like they can help you? Common astronomy vocabulary includes the word eclipse. There are three types of eclipses. These include annular when a solar eclipse occurs with the new moon's visible size. Lunar is when the moon passes the earth's shadow. Solar is when the new moon orbits between the earth and the sun casts its shadow upon the earth's surface. This quiz will broaden your knowledge of astronomy vocabulary.

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Small, rocky bodies that revolve around the sun are called _________________________. 
  • 2. 
    A ___________________ is the bright streak of light caused by a meteoroid or comet dust burning up in the atmosphere. 
  • 3. 
    A small body of ice, rock, and cosmic dust loosely packed together is called a ________________. 
  • 4. 
    A ____________________________ happens when the moon comes between Earth and the sun and the shadow of the moon falls on part of  Earth. 
  • 5. 
    A ______________________________ happens when Earth comes between the sun and the moon and the shadow of Earth falls on the moon. 
  • 6. 
    One complete trip along an orbit is called a  __________________________. 
  • 7. 
    Earth has a _______________________________ because it appears to spin in a counterclockwise direction when it is viewed from above its North Pole. 
  • 8. 
    Venus spins in a clockwise direction, therefore it has a   _________________________. 
  • 9. 
    The ______________________ states that the universe began with a tremendous explosion 13.7 billion years ago. 
  • 10. 
    Copernican theory states that the sun is the center of the universe, and all the planets orbit the sun.  Another name for this theory is called ______________________________. 
  • 11. 
    Ptolemy  thought that the Earth was at the center of the universe and that the other planets and the sun revolved around the Earth.  The Ptolemaic theory is also called _________________________. 
  • 12. 
    A __________________________ is a collection of stars, dust, and gas bound together by gravity. 
  • 13. 
    A ______________________ is a region in space where stars are born or where stars explode at the end of their lives.  It is also classified as a large cloud of gas and dust in interstellar space. 
  • 14. 
    The force of _____________________ causes the moon to fall toward the Earth and changes a straight-line path into a curved orbit. 
  • 15. 
    A meteoroid that enters Earth's atmosphere and strikes the ground is called a ____________________________. 
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