The Sun Quiz

Can you answer these questions related to the Sun?
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Last updated: October 18, 2021
First submittedDecember 19, 2020
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What is the closest planet to the Sun?
Mercury
What model places the Sun at the center of the solar system?
Heliocentrism
What astronomer postulated that model in 1543?
Nicolaus Copernicus
What type of star is the sun?
Yellow Dwarf
What type of star will it become in about 5 billion years?
Red Giant
Who was the ancient Egyptian sun god?
Ra
What country is known as the "Land of the Rising Sun"?
Japan
What is the term for the distance between the Earth and the Sun?
Astronomical Unit
What is the fourth state of matter which the sun is made of?
Plasma
What French king was called the "Sun King"?
Louis XIV
What is the name for the time when the sun shines directly over the earth's equator?
Equinox
What is the opposite of the above, when the sun is furthest from the equator?
Solstice
What two elements comprise 98% of the sun's weight?
Hydrogen
Helium
What process powers the sun?
Nuclear Fusion
What is the name of the sudden flash of increased brightness that happens in the sun?
Solar Flare
What is the name of the outermost layer of the sun, Latin for "crown"?
Corona
What is the term for a temporary dark area on the sun's surface?
Sunspot
In what religion is the Sun worshipped as the god Surya?
Hinduism
What is the nearest other star to the sun?
Proxima Centauri
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Level 85
Oct 18, 2021
Nice and easy, thanks!
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Level 85
Oct 18, 2021
Enough about the sun, Andy.
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Level 82
Oct 19, 2021
Great quiz!
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Level 56
Oct 19, 2021
Fun quiz, 17/20.
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Level 55
Oct 19, 2021
Was expecting "hedonism" for answer two.
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Level 64
Oct 22, 2021
Haha, not exactly. Close call though!
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Level 64
Oct 19, 2021
I don't think you need to say "other" in the final question. It would read more nicely.
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Level 64
Oct 19, 2021
It would be like asking, "What is the nearest other country to Australia?" No one is going to get confused if you get rid of "other" there.
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Level 81
Oct 26, 2021
It's in case you forgot that the Sun is a star.
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Level 71
Nov 23, 2021
Now is the winter of our discontent.