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« Reply #15 on: August 03, 2007, 08:46:35 am »
Ah - I see - thought you were looking for a seperate unique property for each planet....

Ok then - another question - fairly easy one for anyone who looks at the sky regularly.

Q - Which constellation is home to (among other things) :-
The Horsehead nebula
The Flame Nebula
Barnard's Loop
ngc1980
ngc1981
M78
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ngc 1977 - aka The 'Running Man'
(also a real 'giveaway' object, but I'm not gonna name it)
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« Reply #16 on: August 03, 2007, 09:42:58 am »
Oooooh, I can't answer most of these questions now. Glad you're having fun folks . . .
Infinity - did I say the Moon wasn't 93 million miles away? I'm sure I've heard that figure somewhere, but I did post it rather late at night when I was supposed to be moderating!!! It's the km figure I totally messed up on, isn't it? OK, someone help me out. I don't know much astronomy, I'm just here to keep the site nice  :)

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« Reply #17 on: August 03, 2007, 09:59:33 am »
It's the km figure I totally messed up on, isn't it? OK, someone help me out. I don't know much astronomy,

LOL- Alice
The 93 million figure is the average distance to the SUN, in miles (or about 150 million km)
The 'quarter of a million' figure was correct - but that is how many MILES away the Moon is (about 385 thousand km)
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« Reply #18 on: August 03, 2007, 10:01:26 am »
Alice, I thought time was a relative thing so late nights don't count!

93 million miles is the approx distance from here to the Sun.

Keep up the good work.

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« Reply #19 on: August 03, 2007, 10:06:04 am »
Whoops some overlap there.

Answer I think is Orion

Q: How many Apollo missions landed on the Moon? Bonus points if you can name which landed

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« Reply #20 on: August 03, 2007, 10:14:02 am »
11 through 17 - but 13 didn't land as an explosion caused the celebrated emergency return home...

What is polaris and why is it special??
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« Reply #21 on: August 03, 2007, 10:34:39 am »
polaris is the NORTH star used by ancient navgitors to help navigate before the invention of the compass its not really at the spin pole but describes a small circle over 24 hours ```my question is what is the  approximate radius of the solar system                                                                         
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« Reply #22 on: August 03, 2007, 10:54:53 am »
Distances . . . AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!!!!  :-[
Of course.
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« Reply #23 on: August 03, 2007, 11:44:04 am »
Tricky, depends where we put the boundary – assuming Pluto then pretty big about 5,900,000,000 km (or 39.5 AU)

Q; Who is credited with the term 'black hole' – no numbers in this one unless you want to give the date ;)

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« Reply #24 on: August 03, 2007, 12:50:56 pm »
Hah! I think I might still have the ability to get a few things right - John Wheeler, a theoretical physicist, in a lecture in 1967.

Which planet has some moons named after Shakespeare heroines, and what are their names?

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« Reply #25 on: August 03, 2007, 03:21:36 pm »
Tricky  :-\

Rosalind, Portia, Juliet, Desdemona, Bianca, Cressida, Cordelia and Ophelia are all moons of Uranus.
Am I correct??

What region within the solar system is named in honour of Gerard Kuiper, who discovered Miranda, another moon of Uranus??
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« Reply #26 on: August 03, 2007, 03:36:43 pm »
my question is what is the  approximate radius of the solar system                                                                         


The Oort cloud, situated about 50 to 50,000 AU from the Sun or approximately 1000 times the distance from the Sun to Pluto, strictly speaking places the boundary of our Solar System at nearly a quarter of the distance to Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to the Sun.
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« Reply #27 on: August 03, 2007, 03:40:20 pm »
Tricky  :-\

Rosalind, Portia, Juliet, Desdemona, Bianca, Cressida, Cordelia and Ophelia are all moons of Uranus.
Am I correct??

What region within the solar system is named in honour of Gerard Kuiper, who discovered Miranda, another moon of Uranus??

The Kuiper belt. ;-)

It's where all the comets hang out, and where the newly discovered dwarf planets, including poor Pluto, used to hide.

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« Reply #28 on: August 03, 2007, 05:24:29 pm »
Oooooh, I can't answer most of these questions now.
Me neither .-. Guys, try to ask questions which people can answer without having to google for a few hours xP
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« Reply #29 on: August 03, 2007, 06:18:05 pm »
A very fair point, Nightblizzard. Let's aim for a mix of hard and easy so there's something for everybody. Thanks.
(says she who just asked a nasty one . . .  ;) )