Bill Nye Astronomy Quiz

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Astronomy Quizzes & Trivia

Before he became The Science Guy we all know, Bill Nye was a mechanical engineer at Boeing where he invented the hydraulic pressure resonance suppressor tube used in 747 airplanes. Take up this Bill Nye astronomy quiz and see how conversant you are in astronomy and if you are the next Bill Nye!


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. 
    • 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. 
    • 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