Quiz: Take The Astronomy Discovery Trivia Questions!

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Quiz: Take The Astronomy Discovery Trivia Questions!

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    • A. 

      Planets are stationary

    • B. 

      Planets rotate around the sun

    • C. 

      Planets rotate around the earth

    • D. 

      Planets are stationary, but stars rotate

  • 2. 
    In 1609, Galileo developed the telescope. What did he discover with this tool?
    • A. 

      He discovered a moon orbiting the planet earth.

    • B. 

      He discovered moons orbiting the planet Jupiter.

    • C. 

      He discovered other stars orbiting our solar system.

    • D. 

      He discovered that the orbit of the planets is elliptical.

  • 3. 
    Which of the following discoveries was one of the most important that was made by William Herschel?
    • A. 

      He discovered the planet Saturn.

    • B. 

      He found a new comet circling earth.

    • C. 

      He determined the shape of the galaxy.

    • D. 

      He found planets in other solar systems.

  • 4. 
    Which of the following experiments was used to prove Einstein's Theory of General Relativity?
    • A. 

      Scientists mapped the orbits of nearby solar systems.

    • B. 

      Scientists viewed light bending around a bowling ball.

    • C. 

      Scientists charted the position of stars throughout a year.

    • D. 

      Scientists took photos of stars before and during a solar eclipse.

  • 5. 
    Which of the following interstellar objects was first located by Carl Jansky using radio astronomy?
    • A. 

      A black hole

    • B. 

      A supernova

    • C. 

      A distant galaxy

    • D. 

      A nearby solar system

  • 6. 
    Which of the following did Robert Wilson and co-workers discover in support of the Big Bang Theory?
    • A. 

      The universe is expanding rapidly

    • B. 

      The universe has many galaxies close to ours.

    • C. 

      The universe is composed of billions of galaxies.

    • D. 

      The universe has background microwave radiation.

  • 7. 
    How do astronomers find planets in other solar systems?
    • A. 

      They can directly observe them with a telescope.

    • B. 

      They monitor the pattern of movement and light from a star.

    • C. 

      They chart the curvature of space as light bends around a star.

    • D. 

      They predict the acceleration of nearby stars in relation to the planet.

  • 8. 
    What force do scientists such as Saul Perlmutter believe is counteracting gravity and allowing the universe to accelerate the rate of its expansion?
    • A. 

      Black holes

    • B. 

      Gray matter

    • C. 

      Dark energy

    • D. 

      Curved space