Don’t be ashamed if you can’t do more than a couple of questions from this quiz. Or perhaps you should be

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Don’t be ashamed if you can’t do more than a couple of questions from this quiz. Or perhaps you should be.

  • Question of

    ‘Parsec’ is the unit of measurement of:

    • density of stars
    • astronomical distance
    • brightness of heavenly bodies
    • orbital velocity of giant stars
  • Question of

    The light coming from stars gives the idea of their:

    • size
    • rotational speed
    • mass
    • temperature
  • Question of

    The Milky way extends through a distance:

    • 1 light year
    • 8 light years
    • 105 light years
    • 1010 light years
  • Question of

    The period of one revolution of sun around the centre of galaxy is called:

    • Parsec
    • Astronomical year
    • Cosmic year
    • Light year
  • Question of

    Super Nova is:

    • an asteroid
    • a black hole
    • a comet
    • a dying star
  • Question of

    The altitudes of heavenly bodies appear to be greater than they actually are. This is due to:

    • vertical motion of these heavenly bodies
    • motions of the earth
    • atmospheric refraction
    • these are visible because of light of the sun reflected from their surface
  • Question of

    Twelve constellations referred to as zodiac are:

    • signs of Roman gods
    • imaginary region that encompass the path of the planets
    • a group of stars
    • none of these
  • Question of

    The term ‘meteor’ is applied to an interplanetary body:

    • after it enters the atmosphere of the earth
    • after it enters the earth’s atmosphere and explodes in mid air as a ball of fire
    • after it enters the earth’s atmosphere and lands on the surface of the earth without exploding in mid-air
    • before it enters the earth’s atmosphere
  • Question of

    Which one of the following statements regarding Shooting Stars is incorrect?

    • They are meteors
    • They are the debris which got separated from a comet
    • They emit light due to extremely high temperature caused by friction while they are passing through earth’s atmosphere
    • They are a kind of a star
  • Question of

    The constellations of stars appear at different positions in the sky at different times during night mainly:

    • because earth rotates about its axis
    • because earth revolves round the sun
    • because of optical illusion
    • because celestial bodies are changing their positions all the time
  • Question of

    A blackhole is a:

    • contracted star with intense gravitational pull
    • star with very low surface temperature
    • star with no atmosphere
    • pulsating star
  • Question of

    Pole Star is always seen at one point in the sky whereas other stars are not; this is because:

    • Pole star rotates with the same period as the earth
    • Pole star is a star of our own galaxy
    • Sun and Pole star are in two opposite directions relative to earth
    • Pole star lies in the axis of spin of the earth
  • Question of

    The term ‘meteor’ is applied to an interplanetary body:

    • after it enters the atmosphere of the earth
    • after it enters the earth’s atmosphere and explodes in mid air as a ball of fire
    • after it enters the earth’s atmosphere and lands on the surface of the earth without exploding in mid-air
    • before it enters the earth’s atmosphere
  • Question of

    Which of the following statements is/are correct with regard to Milky Way? 1. It is a spiral galaxy. 2. The solar system resides in one of its spiral arms. Select the correct answer using the codes given below

    • 1 only
    • 2 only
    • Both 1 and 2
    • Neither 1 nor 2
  • Question of

    Which of the following gases is most predominant in the stars?

    • Helium
    • Hydrogen
    • Nitrogen
    • Ozone

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Eric Brown

Written by Eric Brown

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