Space and Astronomy General Knowledge

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Last updated: October 18, 2016
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List the first letter of each of the eight planets, in order, starting with the closest to the sun
MVEMJSUN
Demoted to a dwarf planet in 2005-2006
Pluto
Largest moon of the above
Charon
Tallest mountain on any planet in the solar system
Olympus Mons
Ancient, most luminous and energetic objects yet discovered in the observable universe
Quasar
Any planet that orbits a star outside of our solar system
Exoplanet
Rocky objects orbiting the sun. There are lots between Mars and Jupiter.
Asteroid
The type of nuclear reaction that provides energy for stars
Fusion
The most abundant element in the universe
Hydrogen
The element produced from the above in the process mentioned in question #8
Helium
Famous guide to the galaxy with the words "DON'T PANIC" written in large, friendly letters on the cover
Hitchhiker's
Polish mathematician and astronomer who proposed the Heliocentric model of the solar system
Nicolaus Copernicus
Artist who created famous 'Starry Night' painting
Vincent van Gogh
Brightest electromagnetic events known to occur in the universe
Gamma Ray Burst
Hawiian name for our local galactic neighbourhood, containing The Milky Way and 100,000 other galaxies
Laniakea
Rapidly spinning neutron star
Pulsar
Mysterious invisible stuff that seems to account for most of the weight of the universe
Dark matter
Name of the famous hubble photo containing thousands of distant, ancient galaxies
Ultra deep field
Name for the theory describing the rapid, exponential growth of the universe very shortly after the big bang
Inflation
Famous scientist who created three laws of motion
Isaac Newton
Planet mathematically predicted any subsequently discovered thanks to the discoveries of the above
Neptune
Famous scientist who discovered time dilation
Albert Einstein
Scientist famous for unifying the work of the above with quantum mechanics
Stephen Hawking
The C in E=MC^2 stands for this
Constant
The most famous example of this C
The Speed of Light
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Level 71
Jul 27, 2017
Technically, Charon isn't a moon - it and Pluto are a binary system (the center of mass lies outside of Pluto).
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Level 67
Dec 26, 2018
I think olypmus should be acctepted. The word mons just means mountain, and that is allready in the question.

Still I got 18/25 right. Not bad, may be not good amongst science enthousiasts, but if you ask a random person on the street I would estimate the score would be about 2/25

(didnt think of quasar or exoplanet, mind went to something made up like extragallactical (planet) haha. The exponential growth one is expansion/ expanding in my language, couldnt think of anything else. And the hawaii, hubble and gamma ray burst I really didnt know)

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Level 15
Feb 7, 2019
I disagree with the answer in "The C in E=MC^2 stand for this." In this equation, the C can only be the speed of light, and physics uses the letter C to denote it. No other constant works in this equation.
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Level 26
Mar 8, 2019
Not a bad quiz; I got 24 out of 25 with the exception of the Hubble picture because I said extreme deep field, which apparently does not work. Cool quiz though. I would love it if you made another!
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Level 54
Dec 5, 2019
There are two errors in this:

"The C in E=MC^2 stands for this"

Actually, it "stands for" the speed of light.

Also Hawking did not "unify" work of Einstein with quantum mechanics (odd phrasing since Einstein was one of the founders of QM). No one has.

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Level 18
Apr 28, 2020
Hubble's "most famous photograph" is actually "Pillars of Creation," just thought you should know.

And even if you are not changing that, the deep field image's official name is actually "Hubble Ultra-Deep Field," not just the "Ultra-Deep Field."

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Level 54
Dec 19, 2020
This quizz needs to be corrected.

C means celeritas and is the speed of light and does not mean constant (even if it is one).

"H2G2" shall be accepted as "Hichhiker guide" and not hichhiker's as it is not entitled that way.

I've never heard that about Hawking.

In an astronomy quizz, Kepler is mort expected than Newton for the three laws of motion.