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Quiz: Space and Beyond

Let’s face it; the universe we live in is so immense that it defies the imagination. The distances involved and the numbers used are so large that we can’t truly conceive them. Still, the realm of space is a fascinating one. We’ve all lived our lives in the space age, yet very often we don’t pay much attention to new space knowledge and discovery. We tend to take them for granted.

The following quiz is one that some people might find it to be a challenge. It is from questions like these that science actually expands, as we attempt to answer the questions in a more detailed way than in this little quiz. We also tend to start appreciating the universe we live in a lot more.

  • The Earth is so big that it takes hours to fly between even Europe and the United States, only a portion of the way around the world. The sun is bigger. How many earth’s would fit inside the sun?

    • About 1,000
    • Over one million (1,000,000)
    • Several hundred
  • Although the sun is bigger than the earth, there is a red giant star that is about 1,000 times larger than our sun and it is visible above and slightly to one side of Orion’s belt, in the constellation of Orion. What is the name of the star?

    • Betelgeuse
    • Antares
    • Vega
  • True or false: At the speed of light, the first transmission ever beamed from the earth hasn’t yet reached the nearest star to our solar system.

    • True
    • False
  • True or False: The very first weather satellite didn’t go into operation until 1960.

    • True
    • False
  • True or False: The planet Saturn is so large that about 764 Earths would fit inside of it. Yet, if you could get a bucket of water that was large enough for Saturn to fit inside, Saturn would float.

    • True
    • False
  • True or False: The Earth rotates on its axis approximately once every 24 hours. The sun rotates on its axis about once ever 24 days at the equator.

    • True
    • False
  • True or False: Saturn is unique because it is the only planet that has rings.

    • True
    • False
  • True or False: Mercury is a little smaller than our moon.

    • True
    • False
  • True or False: Betelgeuse is about 1,000 times bigger than the sun, but the sun is hotter.

    • True
    • False
  • True or False: On average, the earth is closer to Mars than it is from the sun.

    • True
    • False

What do you think?

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Written by Rex Trulove

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