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The Solar System: a quiz

Former US Vice-President Dan Quayle once made the bold statement that “It is time for the human race to enter the Solar System”. So here is a quiz to test your knowledge of it, whether or not you have yet arrived!

  • Question of

    How many named moons does Mars have?

    • Yes
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Question of

    An Astronomical Unit (AU) is the average distance from the Sun to Earth. How many AUs is Neptune from the Sun?

    • 10
    • 20
    • 30
    • 40
  • Question of

    Which member of the Solar System became a planet in 1930 but ceased to be one in 2006?

    • Ceres
    • Pluto
    • Eris
    • Quaoar
  • Question of

    Thalassa, Nereid, Despina and Triton are moons of which planet?

    • Neptune
    • Saturn
    • Jupiter
    • Uranus
  • Question of

    With which planet did comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collide in 1994?

    • Jupiter
    • Saturn
    • Earth
    • Mars
  • Question of

    Which planet has surface temperatures of more than 460 degrees Celsius and a highly toxic atmosphere – possibly the result of a runaway greenhouse effect?

    • Mercury
    • Mars
    • Earth
    • Venus
  • Question of

    The Solar System’s main asteroid belt lies between the orbits of which two planets?

    • Mercury and Venus
    • Venus and Earth
    • Earth and Mars
    • Mars and Jupiter
  • Question of

    Which planet has an axis of rotation with a 98 degree tilt?

    • Earth
    • Venus
    • Saturn
    • Uranus
  • Question of

    Halley’s Comet was last visible with the naked eye from Earth in 1986. When will the next occasion fall due?

    • 2041
    • 2051
    • 2061
    • 2071
  • Question of

    What name is given to the vast ball of trillions of objects that surrounds the Solar System to a distance of at least 100,000 AUs?

    • The Port Cloud
    • The Oort Cloud
    • The Tort Cloud
    • The Zort Cloud

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