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Can you answer the following natural science questions? Test your knowledge on this astronomy quiz to see how you do and compare your score to others.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    If you have a 100-watt light bulb, how much energy does it use each minute?
    • A. 

      6,000 Joules

    • B. 

      600 Watts

    • C. 

      6,000 Watts

    • D. 

      100 Joules

    • E. 

      600 Joules

  • 2. 
    If a material is highly opaque, then it
    • A. 

      Emits most light

    • B. 

      Reflects most light

    • C. 

      Absorbs most light

    • D. 

      Transmits most light

    • E. 

      Scatters most light

  • 3. 
    When light reflects off an object, what is the relation between the angle of incidence and the angle of reflection?
    • A. 

      Angle of incidence - Angle of reflection = 90 degrees

    • B. 

      Angle of incidence + Angle of reflection = 180 degrees

    • C. 

      Angle of incidence + Angle of reflection = 90 degrees

    • D. 

      Angle of incidence = Angle of reflection

    • E. 

      It depends on the material that the light reflects off

  • 4. 
    If a material is transparent, then it 
    • A. 

      Transmits light well

    • B. 

      Absorbs light well

    • C. 

      Emits light well

    • D. 

      Scatters light well

    • E. 

      Reflects light well

  • 5. 
    Grass (that is healthy) looks green because
    • A. 

      It reflects green light and absorbs other colors

    • B. 

      It absorbs green light and emits other colors

    • C. 

      It transmits green light and emits other colors

    • D. 

      It emits green light and absorbs other colors

  • 6. 
    Everything looks red through a red filter because
    • A. 

      The filter reflects red light and transmits other colors

    • B. 

      The filter emits red light and absorbs other colors

    • C. 

      The filter transmits red light and absorbs other colors

    • D. 

      The filter absorbs red light and emits other colors

  • 7. 
    Which of the following cannot be described by a field?
    • A. 

      Gravitational forces

    • B. 

      Electrical forces

    • C. 

      Radiation pressure

    • D. 

      Magnetic forces

  • 8. 
    Our solar system is located in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      Falso

  • 9. 
    The solar system contains about 100 billion stars 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    A typical supercluster contains no more than about 10,000 stars
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    One light-year is about 10 trillion kilometers 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    In the grapefruit model of the solar system, it would take a few minutes to walk from the Sun to the inner edge of the Kufper Belt (Pluto)
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    The observable universe is the same size today as it was a few billion years ago. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    The Milky Way is moving further away from most other galaxies in the universe
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 15. 
    No galaxies existed before the Big Bang
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    Voyager 2 should reach the nearest stars (besides the Sun) in about 500 years
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    Earth is always precisely 1 AU from the sun. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    What do we mean when we say that the universe is expanding?
    • A. 

      Individual galaxies are gradually growing in size

    • B. 

      Everything in the universe is gradually growing in size

    • C. 

      Average distances are increasing between star systems within galaxies

    • D. 

      The statement is not meant to be literal; rather, it means that our knowledge of the universe is growing

    • E. 

      Average distances are increasing between galaxies

  • 19. 
    The age of the universe is 
    • A. 

      Between 100 million and 160 million years

    • B. 

      Between 100 billion and 160 billion years

    • C. 

      Between 1 billion and 1.6 billion years

    • D. 

      Between 10 billion and 16 billion years

    • E. 

      Between 10 million and 16 million years

  • 20. 
    How are galaxies important to our existence?
    • A. 

      Without galaxies, there could not have been a Big Bang

    • B. 

      Without galaxies, the universe could not be expanding

    • C. 

      Galaxies provide the gravity that prevents us from falling off Earth

    • D. 

      Galaxies prevent planets from leaving their orbits around stars; e.h., our galaxy prevents Earth from leaving its orbit of the Sun

    • E. 

      Galaxies recycle heavy elements produced in stars into future generations of stars

  • 21. 
    Earth is made mostly of metals and rocks. Where did this material come from?
    • A. 

      It was produced by nuclear fusion in stars

    • B. 

      It was produced in the Big Bang

    • C. 

      It was made by nuclear fission of uranium and other radioactive materials

    • D. 

      It was made by our sun

    • E. 

      It was created by chemical reactions in interstellar space

  • 22. 
    What is nuclear fusion?
    • A. 

      An explosion caused by putting together two volatile chemicals

    • B. 

      A process that only occurs in bombs

    • C. 

      The process of turning matter into pure energy

    • D. 

      The process of combining lightweight nuclei to make heavier nuclei

    • E. 

      The process of splitting nuclei to produce energy

  • 23. 
    What is the meaning of the word cosmos?
    • A. 

      The dark sky

    • B. 

      The sum total of all matter and energy, that is, everything within and between all galaxies

    • C. 

      The light from a distant astronomical object

    • D. 

      The origin of Earth and life upon it

    • E. 

      The Milky Way

  • 24. 
    Which of the following has your "address" in the correct order?
    • A. 

      You, Earth, solar system,. Local Group, Local Supercluster, Milky Way

    • B. 

      You, Earth, solar system, Milky Way, Local Supercluster, Local Group

    • C. 

      You, Earth, solar system, Milky Way, Local Group, Local Supercluster

    • D. 

      You, Earth, Local Group, Local Supercluster, solar system, Milky Way

    • E. 

      You, Earth, solar system, Local Group, Milky Way, Local Supercluster

  • 25. 
    About where is our solar system within the Milky Way Galaxy?
    • A. 

      In the halo of the galaxy within the galactic disk

    • B. 

      At the center of the galaxy

    • C. 

      About two-third of the way from the center of the galaxy to the outskirts of the galactic disk

    • D. 

      About 10 percent of the way from the center of the galaxy to the outskirts of the galactic disk

    • E. 

      Near the far outskirts of the galactic disk

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