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Solar Quiz: How Well Do You Know Our Sun?

Many of us take the sun for granted, giving it little thought until it scorches our skin or gets in our eyes. But our star is a fascinating and complex object, a gigantic fusion reactor that gives us life. How much do you know about the sun?

  • Question of

    The sun is big. How many Earths could fit inside of it?

    • 10 Million
    • 100 Million
    • 1 Million
  • Question of

    About how old is the sun?

    • 4.5 Bilion Years Ago
    • 13.7 Billion Years Ago
    • 1,000 Years Ago (they aren’t called the Dark Ages for nothing)
  • Question of

    Whose seminal 1543 book laid out a heliocentric (sun-centered) model of the solar system?

    • Galileo Galilei
    • Issac Newton
    • Nicolaus Copernicus
  • Question of

    Sunspots are cooler than “normal” areas on the surface of the sun.

    • True
    • False
  • Question of

    About how long does it take sunlight to reach Earth?

    • 8 Seconds
    • 8 Minutes
    • No time. It gets here Instantly.
  • Question of

    What will happen to the sun in about 5 billion years?

    • It will blink out like a Candle.
    • It will become a Red Giant.
    • It will explode like a Supernova.
  • Question of

    What fusion reaction is occurring in the sun’s core?

    • Hydrogen into Helium
    • Matter into Antimatter
    • Helium into Beryllium
  • Question of

    How hot is the sun’s core, in degrees Fahrenheit?

    • 27 Million Degrees
    • 17 Million Degrees
    • 7 Million Degrees
  • Question of

    The most powerful solar storm in recorded history occurred in 1859. What is it called?

    • The Carrington Event
    • The Pullman Eruption
    • The Great Sideburn Scortcher
  • Question of

    The sun’s outer atmosphere, known as the corona, is hotter than its surface.

    • True
    • False

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