Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Episode 1

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Episode 1 - Quiz

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is the name of Neil deGrasse Tyson's "Spaceship"?

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "spaceship of imagination." This is the name of Neil deGrasse Tyson's spaceship in his show, "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey." The spaceship of imagination is a metaphorical vessel that allows Tyson to explore different scientific concepts and take viewers on a journey through space and time.

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  • 2. 

    What is responsible for creating wind and keeping everything in the solar system in its clutches?

    Explanation
    The sun is responsible for creating wind and keeping everything in the solar system in its clutches. As the central star of our solar system, the sun's immense heat and energy drive atmospheric circulation, resulting in the formation of wind. Additionally, the sun's gravitational pull keeps all the planets, moons, asteroids, and other celestial bodies in orbit around it, maintaining the stability and structure of the solar system.

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  • 3. 

    What lies between Mars and Jupiter?

    Explanation
    The correct answer is the Asteroid Belt. The Asteroid Belt is a region of space located between the planets Mars and Jupiter. It is filled with numerous asteroids, which are rocky objects that orbit the Sun. The Asteroid Belt is not the only belt in our solar system, as there is also the Kuiper Belt, which is located beyond the orbit of Neptune and is home to many icy bodies and dwarf planets. However, the question specifically asks for what lies between Mars and Jupiter, so the correct answer is the Asteroid Belt.

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  • 4. 

     How big is the centuries old hurricane on Jupiter?

    Explanation
    The centuries old hurricane on Jupiter is three times the size of Earth. This means that it is significantly larger than our planet, indicating the immense scale and power of the storm. The repetition of "3 times the size of Earth" emphasizes the magnitude of the hurricane and highlights its extraordinary nature.

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  • 5. 

    What had to be invented before we could discover Saturn and Neptune?

    Explanation
    Before we could discover Saturn and Neptune, telescopes had to be invented. Telescopes are essential tools for observing celestial bodies from Earth, allowing us to see objects that are too far away or too faint to be seen with the naked eye. Without telescopes, our understanding of the solar system and the universe would be limited, and we would not have been able to observe and study planets like Saturn and Neptune.

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  • 6. 

    What is the name of the spacecraft that has traveled the farthest away from Earth?

    Explanation
    Voyager 1 is the correct answer because it is the spacecraft that has traveled the farthest away from Earth. Launched by NASA in 1977, Voyager 1 has been exploring the outer solar system and has surpassed all other spacecraft in terms of distance from Earth. It has traveled over 14 billion miles and is currently in interstellar space, making it the farthest man-made object from our planet.

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  • 7. 

    What is the Oort Cloud?

  • 8. 

    How far from the center of the Milky Way Galaxy do we live? 

    Explanation
    We live approximately 30,000 light years away from the center of the Milky Way Galaxy.

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  • 9. 

    What is the “address” of Earth in the cosmos?

    • A.

      Earth, virgo cluster, universe, solar system

    • B.

      Earth, Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy, Local Group, Virgo Super Cluster, Observable Universe

    • C.

      Little Rock, Arkansas, earth, solar system, space

    • D.

      Earth, solar system, local group, Milky Way Galaxy, Super Cluster

    Correct Answer
    B. Earth, Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy, Local Group, Virgo Super Cluster, Observable Universe
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Earth, Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy, Local Group, Virgo Super Cluster, Observable Universe. This answer provides the correct hierarchical order of the Earth's location in the cosmos, starting from the smallest scale (Earth) to the largest scale (Observable Universe). It correctly includes the Earth's location within the Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy, Local Group of galaxies, Virgo Super Cluster, and the entire Observable Universe.

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  • 10. 

    Why do we not know yet if we live in a “multiverse”?*more than one answer*

    • A.

      Parts of the Universe are too far away and there hasn't been enough time for light to reach us.

    • B.

      Because it's just a theory

    • C.

      We can't see past the cosmic horizon

    • D.

      No one is mart enough yet.

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Parts of the Universe are too far away and there hasn't been enough time for light to reach us.
    B. Because it's just a theory
    C. We can't see past the cosmic horizon
    Explanation
    The reason why we do not know yet if we live in a "multiverse" is because parts of the Universe are too far away and there hasn't been enough time for light to reach us. Additionally, it is still considered a theory and not proven. Furthermore, we are unable to see past the cosmic horizon, limiting our ability to gather information about other universes.

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  • 11. 

    Who wrote the banned book that Giordano Bruno read that gave him the idea that the Universe was infinite?

    • A.

      Aristotle

    • B.

      Machiavelli

    • C.

      Martin Luther

    • D.

      Lucretious

    Correct Answer
    D. Lucretious
    Explanation
    Lucretius wrote the banned book that Giordano Bruno read, which gave him the idea that the Universe was infinite.

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  • 12. 

    How long was Bruno jailed and tortured?

    Correct Answer
    8 years, eight years, 8 yrs
    Explanation
    Bruno was jailed and tortured for a period of 8 years.

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  • 13. 

    What happened to Bruno after he refused to change his mind about his beliefs of an infinite Universe?

    • A.

      People thought he was crazy, they burned his books, and told him to go home

    • B.

      He was burned to death

    • C.

      He was excommunicated

    • D.

      He got a promotion

    Correct Answer
    B. He was burned to death
    Explanation
    Bruno was burned to death because he refused to change his mind about his beliefs of an infinite Universe. People considered him crazy, burned his books, and told him to go home, ultimately leading to his tragic demise. This extreme reaction indicates the intolerance and persecution faced by individuals who challenge prevailing beliefs during that time.

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  • 14. 

    Who was able to prove Bruno right 10 years after his death?

    • A.

      Nikola Tesla

    • B.

      Aristotle

    • C.

      Galileo

    • D.

      Thomas Edison

    Correct Answer
    C. Galileo
    Explanation
    Galileo was able to prove Bruno right 10 years after his death. Galileo was a renowned Italian astronomer and physicist who made significant contributions to the scientific understanding of the universe. He supported the heliocentric model proposed by Bruno, which stated that the Earth revolves around the Sun. Galileo's observations and experiments provided evidence in favor of this model, ultimately vindicating Bruno's ideas and cementing his place in scientific history.

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  • 15. 

    How many years does one month symbolize on the “cosmic calendar”?

    • A.

      1.25 billion years

    • B.

      40 million years

    • C.

      A long time

    • D.

      10 Billion years

    Correct Answer
    A. 1.25 billion years
    Explanation
    On the "cosmic calendar," each month symbolizes approximately 1.25 billion years. Therefore, one month on the cosmic calendar represents 1.25 billion years of cosmic time.

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  • 16. 

    What date on the “cosmic calendar” did the Milky Way Galaxy appear?

    Correct Answer
    January first, January 1, january 1st, 1/1, jan 1, Jan 1, jan 1st, Jan 1st
  • 17. 

    What date on the “cosmic calendar” was our Sun born?

    • A.

      November 11th

    • B.

      August 31st

    • C.

      May 15th

    • D.

      Jan 10th

    Correct Answer
    B. August 31st
    Explanation
    The "cosmic calendar" is a scale that compresses the entire history of the universe into a single year. It represents the Big Bang as January 1st and the present as December 31st. Therefore, the question is asking for the date on this calendar when our Sun was born. Since the Sun was formed about 4.6 billion years ago, which is roughly 4.6 billion years from the beginning of the universe, we need to find the corresponding date on the cosmic calendar. The correct answer is August 31st, as it represents the approximate date when our Sun was born in this cosmic timescale.

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  • 18. 

    What day and time did human ancestors first evolve on the “cosmic calendar”?

    Correct Answer
    the last hour of the last day, 11pm, december 31st, Dec 31 11pm
  • 19. 

    What do the last 14 seconds on the “cosmic calendar” represent?

    • A.

      Human existence

    • B.

      Our space knowledge

    • C.

      The cosmos

    • D.

      All of recorded history

    Correct Answer
    D. All of recorded history
    Explanation
    The last 14 seconds on the "cosmic calendar" represent all of recorded history. The "cosmic calendar" is a scale that compresses the entire history of the universe into a single year, with each month representing about 1 billion years. In this scale, the last 14 seconds symbolize the relatively short span of time that humans have been recording and documenting their experiences and events.

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  • 20. 

    How many seconds ago on the “cosmic calendar” did the two halves of the world find each other?

    • A.

      10 seconds ago

    • B.

      2 seconds ago

    • C.

      5 seconds ago

    • D.

      1.5 seconds ago

    Correct Answer
    B. 2 seconds ago
    Explanation
    According to the "cosmic calendar" concept, which compresses the entire history of the universe into a single calendar year, the two halves of the world finding each other refers to the formation of the first living cells on Earth. This event is estimated to have occurred around 4 billion years ago. Since there are 31,536,000 seconds in a year, dividing 4 billion by this number gives us approximately 127 seconds. Therefore, 2 seconds ago is the closest option to the estimated time when the two halves of the world found each other.

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