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
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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 75
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 41
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 75
Jan 22, 2018
I still don't think it sounds right but maybe it's just me then
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Level 43
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 52
Apr 5, 2020
Same here. Didn't make sense to me. Maybe make another answer.
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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 70
Nov 6, 2017
Yes, but there's a caveat saying that every answer is a single word.
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Level 46
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 77
Jun 19, 2018
Words tend to be made up.
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Level 79
Sep 29, 2019
All words are, according to Thor
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Level 53
Oct 7, 2016
got 3 clues and guessed the quote right
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Level 61
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 67
Oct 10, 2016
Hah! I guessed the quote before I even started the quiz. :D
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Level 53
Apr 12, 2020
Really? Me too!
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Level 86
Mar 7, 2017
A few alternatives to Kuiper would be appreciated! Tried Kyper, Keiper, Kieper etc etc!
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Level 44
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 47
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 79
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 74
Jun 26, 2019
Ever been in orbit around Earth? Feels very much like free floating.
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Level 59
Dec 16, 2020
Never around Earth, no, but I've spent most of my life orbiting the Sun.
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Level 67
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 46
Sep 29, 2019
It's 186 282 miles per second more accurately. Of course even that is an approximation.
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Level 60
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...
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Level 44
Jan 2, 2020
I guessed the quote before the quiz started lol.
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Level 46
Feb 13, 2020
Good quiz! I will say that Newton wasn't a philosopher, he was a mathematician and a physicist. Back then he would have been called a "natural philosopher" but not today.
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Level 59
Dec 16, 2020
He actually spent most of his life "studying" alchemy and theology. For the sake of all his other contributions, let's respectfully group these under the term "philosophy", because it feels wrong to say that Newton spent most of his life pursuing crackpot theories on the lunatic fringe.
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Level 47
Sep 11, 2020
Mph, really?