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Re: Astronomy Quiz!
« Reply #30 on: August 03, 2007, 06:50:38 pm »
Q : Who discovered Earth's magnetic field? Bonus : Name the artificial satellite that made this discovery possible. (Don't search too far!)

Uh, the main interesting zone of the field outside the atmosphere is called Van Allen belt and he used Explorer satellites (Okay, I cheated on the satellite names), but that the Earth has a magnetic field has been known way before that (I think Gauss already measured it).

So I think I'm wrong. Newton and his apple?

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« Reply #31 on: August 04, 2007, 08:42:52 am »
OK agreed - Back to the easy ones -  ;D
What disney character is named after a 'dwarf' planet  ;)
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« Reply #32 on: August 04, 2007, 09:31:41 am »
OK agreed - Back to the easy ones -  ;D
What disney character is named after a 'dwarf' planet  ;)

Pluto.

What is is the name of our newest discovered dwarf planet, and why?

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« Reply #33 on: August 04, 2007, 10:01:56 am »
What is is the name of our newest discovered dwarf planet, and why?

Not the newest discovered - but the most recent to be given an official name (as well as it's number)

Eris

Named after the goddess of discord
It is a KBO which is bigger than Pluto - and it's discovery sparked the re-think which brought about Pluto's re-classification (and the subsequent discord that went with it)



Q - What is the 'Common' name for the star Alpha Canis Majoris?
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« Reply #34 on: August 04, 2007, 10:11:42 am »
A while ago - I started up a Quiz for another astronomy forum that I am a member of.
It is still running, but the number of players has dwindled recently - so it could do with some new players.

All are welcome to play.

Register yourself a username (very quick with no authentication required) and you're set to go.
You get to play once a day - 10 new questions every day (multiple choice) which are chosen at random by the site, from a HUGE pool of questions.

http://my.funtrivia.com/tournament/AstroHomeless--Big-Trivia-Quiz-59481.html

You get 100 points for each correct answer - BUT you are timed, and are deducted 1 point per second.
At the end pf each day, points are awarded for your finishing position, which go towards a monthly cumulative competition. And at the end of the month, the top 10 players for that month are entered into the 'Hall of Fame'

It's fun   ;D

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Re: Astronomy Quiz!
« Reply #35 on: August 04, 2007, 10:18:46 am »

Q - What is the 'Common' name for the star Alpha Canis Majoris?
Sirius.

Question: what is the common name of Alpha Canis Minoris, then?

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« Reply #36 on: August 04, 2007, 10:24:29 am »
A while ago - I started up a Quiz for another astronomy forum that I am a member of.
It is still running, but the number of players has dwindled recently - so it could do with some new players.

All are welcome to play.

Register yourself a username (very quick with no authentication required) and you're set to go.
You get to play once a day - 10 new questions every day (multiple choice) which are chosen at random by the site, from a HUGE pool of questions.

http://my.funtrivia.com/tournament/AstroHomeless--Big-Trivia-Quiz-59481.html

You get 100 points for each correct answer - BUT you are timed, and are deducted 1 point per second.
At the end pf each day, points are awarded for your finishing position, which go towards a monthly cumulative competition. And at the end of the month, the top 10 players for that month are entered into the 'Hall of Fame'

It's fun   ;D


Oh damn xD these questions were hard... I mostly guessed (beside the Saturn question "How long does it take Saturn to rotate in Earth days? " :x I at least knew that it spins very fast) Anyways, My score is 466 :P I like that quiz x) The names of all those moons, position of objects... I'm really bad at that, but maybe I'll improve :)

Answer to alpha canis minoris: It's Procyon.

Q: What's the name of the galaxy which is the closest to our milkyway?
... but the sun is still shining

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Re: Astronomy Quiz!
« Reply #37 on: August 04, 2007, 10:32:00 am »
The Andromeda Galaxy!  :)

What is the speed of light?

(Bonus question: Name some Harry Potter characters named after stars!)

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« Reply #38 on: August 04, 2007, 10:34:55 am »
......these questions were hard...

There's an enormous pool of astronomy questions at that site - I've got it set to pick 10 at random from tha pool, each day.
Some are hard, some are easy - you might have just been unlucky with the questions today

Anyways - enough of the thread hijack - back to the original topic........


speed of light.
*about* 186,000 miles per second (300,000km per second)

Bonus - sorry, not a Potter fan - would struggle to name another 3 of the major charaters.

Q - In what constellation would you find the 'Rosette' nebula?
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« Reply #39 on: August 04, 2007, 01:05:09 pm »
(Bonus question: Name some Harry Potter characters named after stars!)

I'm not a HP fan, but all of Sirius' family is named after stars from that quadrant. Right now only Bellatrix comes to mind though.

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« Reply #40 on: August 04, 2007, 02:00:12 pm »

Q - In what constellation would you find the 'Rosette' nebula?
[/quote] Monoceros!       Q.This should be easy, Name the last bright naked eye comet!

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Re: Astronomy Quiz!
« Reply #41 on: August 04, 2007, 03:04:19 pm »
Q : Who discovered Earth's magnetic field? Bonus : Name the artificial satellite that made this discovery possible. (Don't search too far!)

Uh, the main interesting zone of the field outside the atmosphere is called Van Allen belt and he used Explorer satellites (Okay, I cheated on the satellite names), but that the Earth has a magnetic field has been known way before that (I think Gauss already measured it).

So I think I'm wrong. Newton and his apple?

;)

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Re: Astronomy Quiz!
« Reply #42 on: August 04, 2007, 03:28:37 pm »

Q - In what constellation would you find the 'Rosette' nebula?
Monoceros!       Q.This should be easy, Name the last bright naked eye comet!
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Comet Mcnaught - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comet_McNaught
I observed it just before it headed south to give such a magnificent display there...

http://spaceweather3.com/comets/gallery_mcnaught_page14.php
(Click on the pages after this page for more stunning images)

When will Halley's comet next visit the inner solar system...
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Carl Sagan. May 3 1996.


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Re: Astronomy Quiz!
« Reply #43 on: August 04, 2007, 03:38:49 pm »
Comet Mcnaught - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comet_McNaught
I observed it just before it headed south to give such a magnificent display there...

I manged to get a little 'piece' about observing McNaught printed in 'Astronomy Now' magazine.  ;D



When will Halley's comet next visit the inner solar system...

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Q - what is the 'Messier' designation for the 'Pleiades' star cluster?
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Re: Astronomy Quiz!
« Reply #44 on: August 04, 2007, 03:45:48 pm »
Mercury is in a 3:2 spin-orbit resonance I think.

Pleiades: M45.
Which image of my rotating avatar is associated with the Pleiades? :p
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