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Astronomy Decoder

Guess each short answer. Then combine the first letters of each answer to make a famous quote
Except for the quote, all answers are a single word
Quiz by Kestrana
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Last updated: August 16, 2019
First submittedSeptember 3, 2015
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Hint
Answer
O
"Hunter" constellation containing
Rigel and Betelgeuse
Orion
N
Astronaut Armstrong
Neil
E
Where humans live
Earth
G
Milky Way or Andromeda, e.g.
Galaxy
I
Space between stars or an
Anne Hathaway movie
Interstellar
A
Free floating bit of cosmic rock
Asteroid
N
Phase of the Moon where it
appears dark
New
T
Rising and falling of the ocean,
caused by the Moon
Tides
L
186,000 miles per second:
Speed of _____
Light
E
Event where the Moon comes
between the Earth and the Sun
Eclipse
A
NASA lunar program
Apollo
P
A fully or partially ionized gas
Plasma
 
Hint
Answer
F
A small telescope used to aim
your main scope at an object
Finderscope
O
"Cloud" around the solar system
where comets originate
Oort
R
When an object moves in the
reverse sense of “normal” motion
Retrograde
M
Closest planet to the Sun
Mercury
A
Belief that the stars and planets
influence events; horoscopes
Astrology
N
8th planet in the Solar System
Neptune
K
Belt of objects beyond the above
Kuiper
I
First name of the philosopher that
defined the Theory of Gravity
Isaac
N
Cloud of gas where stars might form
Nebula
D
Rock star astronomer
Neil _______ Tyson
deGrasse
 
Quote
One giant leap for mankind
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level 73
Aug 17, 2016
This is a very clunky clue: When an object moves in the reverse sense of “normal” motion. Is it possible to re-word it?
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level ∞
Aug 17, 2016
Can you suggest an alternate wording? I got the answer right away.
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level 52
Oct 7, 2016
It makes sense to me.
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level 43
Oct 8, 2016
I think if you know the word retrograde the clue is indicative. I thought this was one of the easier ones.
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level 73
Jan 22, 2018
I still don't think it sounds right but maybe it's just me then
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level 34
Sep 7, 2019
I agree with you, it was strange to me as well. I would say it spins the other way as the objects in its surroundings, or something like that.
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level 59
Oct 7, 2016
Can you accept "solar eclipse"? I only answered it right because I got an E from the quote. After all, a solar eclipse is the precise event the hint suggests.
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level 52
Oct 7, 2016
Agreed
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level 66
Nov 6, 2017
Yes, but there's a caveat saying that every answer is a single word.
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level 43
Oct 7, 2016
did awfully but great :D
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level 66
Oct 7, 2016
Finderscope sounds made up...
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level 76
Jun 19, 2018
Words tend to be made up.
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level 75
Sep 29, 2019
All words are, according to Thor
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level 51
Oct 7, 2016
got 3 clues and guessed the quote right
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level 52
Mar 3, 2018
Yeah nice I got the quote from just ON somehow because the second one was about Neil Armstrong. Great quiz!
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level 66
Oct 10, 2016
Hah! I guessed the quote before I even started the quiz. :D
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level 84
Mar 7, 2017
A few alternatives to Kuiper would be appreciated! Tried Kyper, Keiper, Kieper etc etc!
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level 45
Apr 20, 2017
Easy peasy. Thanks, retired-astronomy-professor grandma!
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level 48
Nov 9, 2017
Neil deGrasse Tyson is my hero...i wish our leaders would listen to him more often. Not only is he incredibly smart but he has a great sense of humor and is quite funny.
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level 46
Dec 11, 2017
I kept forgetting how to spell the Kuiper Belt, kept spelling it as "Kupier" and getting super frustrated about how it wasn't letting me get it correct... *sigh*
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level 76
Sep 4, 2018
Asteroids aren't free-floating. They orbit the Sun in predictable, permanent paths, the same as the Earth and all of the other planets.
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level 69
Jun 26, 2019
Ever been in orbit around Earth? Feels very much like free floating.
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level 61
Jan 3, 2019
Good questions good amount of time. I knew the quote but didnt get it quite right. I thought i was "A giant..etc" that obviously didnt fit so I figured they altered the quote and made it THE giant etc (I had . . E, so that made me look for answers starting with a T and a H for the first two :/ that took up my last minute in which I otherwise might ve gotten some more answers. Silly enough I couldnt remember the name isaac, I thought damn what was his name again, DID I even know his first name... pff)
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level 21
Jan 25, 2019
In regards to the quote, I wrote the whole sentence (One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind) and it wasn't accepted. I recommend to accept the whole sentence.
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level 44
Sep 29, 2019
It's 186 282 miles per second more accurately. Of course even that is an approximation.
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level 57
Sep 30, 2019
299792458 metres per second is the exact value (not an approximation).
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level 73
Sep 30, 2019
Neil Degrasse Tyson might be a bit less of a rock star, nowadays. You know, with four accusations of sexual misconduct and all...