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  • 1. 

    A frozen chunk of ice dust "Dirty Snowman" whose orbit around the sun is very elliptical is called  

    • A.

      Comet

    • B.

      Meteroid

    • C.

      Asteroid

    Correct Answer
    A. Comet
    Explanation
    A frozen chunk of ice dust with a highly elliptical orbit around the sun is called a comet. Comets are made up of a mixture of ice, dust, and rocky material, and when they come close to the sun, the heat causes the ice to vaporize, creating a glowing coma and a tail. The elliptical orbit of comets takes them from the outer reaches of the solar system to the inner regions, where they can be visible from Earth.

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  • 2. 

    Inertia means...

    • A.

      If something is moving, it will keep moving until something stops it. If something is not moving, it will just sit there until something comes along to move it.

    • B.

      The thing that makes you stick to the Earth & keeps us from floating.

    Correct Answer
    A. If something is moving, it will keep moving until something stops it. If something is not moving, it will just sit there until something comes along to move it.
    Explanation
    The given answer correctly explains the concept of inertia. Inertia refers to the tendency of an object to resist changes in its state of motion. If an object is already in motion, it will continue moving at the same speed and direction unless acted upon by an external force. Similarly, if an object is at rest, it will remain at rest until a force is applied to it. This explanation aligns with the understanding that inertia is related to the object's tendency to maintain its current state of motion or rest.

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  • 3. 

    How does energy from the sun come (travel)to Earth?

    • A.

      It waits for rain and then the rain brings down the energy

    • B.

      Gravity and inertia

    • C.

      Through light and heat from the rays

    Correct Answer
    C. Through light and heat from the rays
    Explanation
    The energy from the sun reaches Earth through light and heat from the rays. This is because the sun emits electromagnetic radiation, which includes visible light and infrared radiation. As these rays travel through space, they reach Earth and transfer their energy in the form of light and heat.

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  • 4. 

    These forces work together to keep planets in orbits?

    • A.

      Inertia and gravity

    • B.

      Light and heat

    • C.

      Up and down

    Correct Answer
    A. Inertia and gravity
    Explanation
    Inertia is the tendency of an object to resist changes in its motion, while gravity is the force that attracts objects towards each other. In the context of planets in orbits, inertia and gravity work together to keep planets in their elliptical paths around the sun. The gravitational force exerted by the sun pulls the planet towards it, while the planet's inertia causes it to continue moving forward. These two forces balance each other, resulting in a stable orbit for the planet.

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  • 5. 

    This is a chunk of rock that is orbiting the sun:

    • A.

      Asteroid

    • B.

      Satellite

    • C.

      System

    Correct Answer
    A. Asteroid
    Explanation
    An asteroid is a chunk of rock that orbits the sun. Satellites, on the other hand, are objects that orbit around a planet or another celestial body. While a satellite can be made of rock, the term "satellite" is more commonly used to refer to artificial objects or natural objects like moons. "System" refers to a group of interconnected or interdependent objects or components. Therefore, the correct answer in this case is asteroid, as it specifically describes a chunk of rock orbiting the sun.

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  • 6. 

    Meteoroids usually come from

    • A.

      Strong solar winds

    • B.

      The sun

    • C.

      Leftover pieces of comets or asteroids that have collided (crashed)

    Correct Answer
    C. Leftover pieces of comets or asteroids that have collided (crashed)
    Explanation
    Meteoroids are small rocky or metallic objects that orbit the sun. They are often remnants of comets or asteroids that have collided with each other, resulting in leftover pieces. These leftover pieces continue to orbit the sun until they enter Earth's atmosphere, where they become visible as meteors or shooting stars. Strong solar winds are not the source of meteoroids, and while the sun is involved in their orbit, it is not the origin of meteoroids.

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  • 7. 

    This planet is covered mostly in water and is the only planet known to have life

    • A.

      Jupiter

    • B.

      Earth

    • C.

      Pluto

    Correct Answer
    B. Earth
    Explanation
    Earth is the correct answer because it is the only planet known to have life and is mostly covered in water. Earth's surface is about 71% water, making it unique among the planets in our solar system. It has the right conditions for life to thrive, including a breathable atmosphere and a moderate climate. Jupiter is a gas giant with no solid surface, and Pluto is a dwarf planet located in the outer regions of the solar system, making them unlikely candidates for supporting life.

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  • 8. 

    This is the largest planet in our solar system.

    • A.

      Jupiter

    • B.

      Earth

    • C.

      Mars

    Correct Answer
    A. Jupiter
    Explanation
    Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system. It has a diameter of about 86,881 miles, which is more than 11 times the diameter of Earth. Its massive size is due to its strong gravitational pull, allowing it to accumulate a large amount of gas and dust during its formation. Jupiter is known for its distinct bands of clouds and its iconic Great Red Spot, a massive storm that has been raging for centuries. Its size and composition make it a fascinating planet to study and explore.

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  • 9. 

    I am the red planet. Astronauts have visited me many times. I am the 4th planet from the sun. Which planet am I?

    • A.

      Earth

    • B.

      Mercury

    • C.

      Mars

    Correct Answer
    C. Mars
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Mars because it is commonly referred to as the "red planet" due to its reddish appearance. Astronauts have indeed visited Mars multiple times, including the NASA missions such as the Mars Rover and the Mars Exploration Program. Additionally, Mars is the fourth planet from the sun in our solar system.

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  • 10. 

    I am the brightest of the planets, 2nd from the sun, & sometimes called the “Evening Star”. Which planet am I?

    • A.

      Venus

    • B.

      Earth

    • C.

      Jupiter

    Correct Answer
    A. Venus
    Explanation
    Venus is the correct answer because it is the brightest planet in our solar system, second closest to the sun, and is often referred to as the "Evening Star" due to its visibility in the evening sky.

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  • 11. 

    I am the water planet, 3rd from the sun, and the only planet known to have life. Which planet am I?

    • A.

      Earth

    • B.

      Jupiter

    • C.

      Mercury

    Correct Answer
    A. Earth
    Explanation
    Earth is the correct answer because it is known as the water planet, being covered with approximately 71% water. It is the third planet from the sun, following Mercury and Venus. Earth is also the only planet in our solar system where life is known to exist, making it unique compared to other planets.

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  • 12. 

    My beautiful rings make me popular, I’m the 6th from the sun and I have 18 known moons. Which planet am I?

    • A.

      Mercury

    • B.

      Uranus

    • C.

      Saturn

    Correct Answer
    C. Saturn
    Explanation
    Saturn is the correct answer because it is known for its beautiful rings, being the 6th planet from the sun, and having 18 known moons. Mercury is not the correct answer because it does not have rings or as many moons, and it is the closest planet to the sun. Uranus is not the correct answer because it does not have as many known moons as Saturn and is further from the sun.

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  • 13. 

    I am a small, icy "dwarf planet" and scientist are questioning if I am even a real planet. Which planet am I?

    • A.

      Pluto

    • B.

      Earth

    • C.

      Jupiter

    Correct Answer
    A. Pluto
    Explanation
    Pluto is considered a small, icy "dwarf planet" and has been the subject of debate among scientists regarding its classification as a planet. Due to its size, composition, and orbit, some scientists argue that it should not be classified as a planet. This ongoing discussion has led to the questioning of Pluto's status as a real planet.

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  • 14. 

    Well, I rotate on my side in a tilted way & I’m the 7th from the sun. Which planet am I?

    • A.

      Venus

    • B.

      Uranus

    • C.

      Neptune

    Correct Answer
    B. Uranus
    Explanation
    Uranus is the correct answer because it is the 7th planet from the sun and it is known for its unique rotation. Unlike most planets, Uranus rotates on its side in a tilted manner, which sets it apart from the other options. Venus and Neptune do not exhibit this characteristic, making Uranus the most suitable choice.

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  • 15. 

    I’m the small, rocky planet, closest to the sun with almost no atmosphere. Which planet am I?

    • A.

      Mercury

    • B.

      Venus

    • C.

      Earth

    Correct Answer
    A. Mercury
    Explanation
    Mercury is the correct answer because it is the small, rocky planet closest to the sun and has almost no atmosphere. Being the closest planet to the sun, Mercury experiences extreme temperatures and has a thin atmosphere composed mainly of helium and hydrogen. Its rocky surface is covered in craters and has a lack of significant geological activity.

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  • 16. 

    My winds are the fastest in the solar system and I am the 8th planet from the sun. Which planet am I?

    • A.

      Neptune

    • B.

      Venus

    • C.

      Jupiter

    Correct Answer
    A. Neptune
    Explanation
    Neptune is the correct answer because it is the 8th planet from the sun and has the fastest winds in the solar system. Its winds can reach speeds of up to 1,300 miles per hour, making them the fastest recorded winds in the entire solar system.

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  • 17. 

    Which answer shows the planets listed in the correct order from the sun:

    • A.

      Sun=Neptune, Uranus, Jupiter, Pluto, Saturn, Venus, Mars, Mercury, Earth

    • B.

      Sun= Earth, Venus, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Uranus, Jupiter, Pluto, Saturn

    • C.

      Sun= Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto

    Correct Answer
    C. Sun= Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto
    Explanation
    The correct answer shows the planets listed in the correct order from the sun, starting with Mercury and ending with Pluto.

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  • 18. 

    Do planets travel around the sun in an elliptical orbit? (stretched out circles)

    • A.

      Yes, they do.

    • B.

      No, they do not.

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes, they do.
    Explanation
    Planets travel around the sun in an elliptical orbit because of the gravitational pull exerted by the sun. This means that their path is not a perfect circle, but rather an elongated shape resembling a stretched-out circle. This phenomenon was first discovered by Johannes Kepler in the 17th century and is known as Kepler's first law of planetary motion. The elliptical shape of the orbits allows for variations in the distance between the planet and the sun, resulting in different speeds and seasons throughout the planet's orbit.

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  • 19. 

    Meteoroids are small rocky objects that orbit the Sun

    • A.

      Yes, that is TRUE!

    • B.

      No, that is FALSE!

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes, that is TRUE!
    Explanation
    Meteoroids are indeed small rocky objects that orbit the Sun. They are smaller than asteroids and can range in size from tiny grains to several meters in diameter. These objects are remnants from the early Solar System and can become meteors when they enter Earth's atmosphere and burn up, creating a streak of light in the sky.

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  • 20. 

    The time that it takes for a planet to rotate once on its axis is its:

    • A.

      Rotation period.

    • B.

      Shuttle period.

    • C.

      Crater period.

    Correct Answer
    A. Rotation period.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Rotation period. The rotation period refers to the time it takes for a planet to complete one full rotation on its axis. This period determines the length of a planet's day. The other options, shuttle period and crater period, are not accurate terms used to describe a planet's rotation.

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  • 21. 

    Which of the planets listed below are called the "Gas Giants"

    • A.

      Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune

    • B.

      Pluto, Earth, Mercury, Mars

    Correct Answer
    A. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune
    Explanation
    Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are called the "Gas Giants" because they are primarily composed of gas rather than solid matter. These planets have thick atmospheres made up mostly of hydrogen and helium, with only a small rocky core at their center. They have no solid surface and are much larger in size compared to the terrestrial planets like Earth, Mercury, Venus, and Mars. Additionally, the gas giants have a distinctive ring system and numerous moons orbiting around them.

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  • 22. 

    When parts function as a whole, this is called a:

    • A.

      System

    • B.

      Meteor

    • C.

      Thrust

    Correct Answer
    A. System
    Explanation
    When parts function as a whole, it is referred to as a system. A system is a collection of interrelated and interconnected components that work together to achieve a common goal or purpose. Each part of the system has a specific role or function, and their combined efforts contribute to the overall functioning and effectiveness of the system.

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  • 23. 

    When meteoroids land on earth, their name changes to:

    • A.

      Comet

    • B.

      Meteorites

    • C.

      Asteroids

    Correct Answer
    B. Meteorites
    Explanation
    When meteoroids enter the Earth's atmosphere and survive the journey to land on the surface, they are then called meteorites. Meteoroids are small rocky or metallic objects that orbit the sun, while meteorites are the remnants of meteoroids that have made it through the atmosphere and reached the Earth's surface. Comets, on the other hand, are icy bodies that also orbit the sun but are made up of different materials. Asteroids are larger rocky objects that orbit the sun, but they are not specifically related to meteoroids that have landed on Earth.

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  • 24. 

    This _________ in the earth was most likely caused by a _______ crashing into the ground.

    • A.

      Volcano/earthquake

    • B.

      Crater/meteorite

    • C.

      Comet/star

    Correct Answer
    B. Crater/meteorite
    Explanation
    The correct answer is crater/meteorite. A crater is a large, bowl-shaped depression on the Earth's surface, typically caused by a meteorite impact. This is supported by the fact that the question mentions a "crashing" event, which is consistent with a meteorite colliding with the ground. Additionally, volcanoes and earthquakes are not typically associated with the formation of craters, making crater/meteorite the most likely explanation.

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  • 25. 

    What is the result of the rotation of Earth?

    • A.

      four seasons

    • B.

      Day and night

    • C.

      The calendar year

    • D.

      The moon's changing size

    Correct Answer
    B. Day and night
    Explanation
    The rotation of the Earth causes day and night. As the Earth spins on its axis, different parts of the planet are exposed to the Sun's light, creating daytime, while the opposite side experiences darkness, creating nighttime. This rotation takes approximately 24 hours, resulting in the cycle of day and night that we experience on Earth.

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  • 26. 

      Why does the sun appear to rise and fall in the sky each day?

    • A.

      The sun rotates

    • B.

      The Earth orbits the sun

    • C.

      The sun orbits the Earth

    • D.

      Earth rotates on its axis

    Correct Answer
    D. Earth rotates on its axis
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Earth rotates on its axis. This is why the sun appears to rise and fall in the sky each day. As the Earth spins on its axis, different parts of the planet are exposed to the sun's light, creating the illusion of the sun moving across the sky. This rotation of the Earth on its axis is what causes day and night.

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  • 27. 

    The outer planets are made of what?

    • A.

      Gas and helium

    • B.

      Gas and water

    • C.

      Gas and rock

    Correct Answer
    C. Gas and rock
    Explanation
    The correct answer is gas and rock. The outer planets, also known as gas giants, are primarily composed of hydrogen and helium gases, along with small amounts of rock and metal. These planets have thick atmospheres consisting mostly of hydrogen and helium, which give them their characteristic appearance. The rocky core of these planets is surrounded by layers of gas, making them distinct from the inner, terrestrial planets which are primarily made of rock and metal.

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  • 28. 

    How many days does it take the earth to travel around the sun?

    • A.

      24 hours

    • B.

      1 month

    • C.

      365 days

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. 24 hours
    C. 365 days
    Explanation
    The answer "24 hours" is incorrect because it represents the time it takes for the Earth to complete one rotation on its axis, not its orbit around the sun. The answer "1 month" is also incorrect because a month is not a standardized unit of time and can vary in length. The correct answer is "365 days" as it represents the time it takes for the Earth to complete one orbit around the sun, which is equivalent to one year.

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  • 29. 

    In your own words, explain how mass and weight are affected by gravity in our solar system. (You may use pictures, numbers, symbols, and words in your answer.)     

  • 30. 

    In your own words, explain the difference(s) between a lunar and a solar eclispe.(You may use pictures, numbers, symbols, and words in your answer.)

  • 31. 

    In your own words, the "birth" of our solar system.  (You may use pictures, numbers, symbols, and words in your answer.)

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