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  1. Ariel, Umbriel, Miranda, Titania and Oberon are all moons of which planet?
  2. Which is the largest planet in the Solar system?
  3. What is the brightest object in the night sky?




  4. The Sun being the centre of the Solar System was first proposed by which astronomer?
  5. Vesta is the third largest what?
  6. Which present day country was the launch site for manned Soviet Union space flights?
  7. Which planet did space probe Mariner 9 visit in 1971?
  8. Name the Russian space station that operated in low Earth orbit from 1986 to 2001?
  9. Name the comet that completes an orbit of the Sun once every three years — the shortest period of any known comet?
  10. Which planet is nearest the earth: Mars or Venus?
  11. Name the nearest known star to the Sun?
  12. Which rare astronomical event occurs when a high-mass star reaches the end of its life?
  13. The Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet smashed into which planet in July 1994?
  14. Name the brightest star in the constellation Ursa Minor?
  15. Which astronomer is best known for his laws of planetary motion?
  16. In 1610, who discovered the four largest moons of Jupiter using a telescope?
  17. The Sun is composed primarily of which chemical element?
  18. Which astronomer proposed an equation to work out how many civilizations there could be in our galaxy?
  19. Name the galaxy that contains the Solar System?
  20. What unit of length is equal to about 3.26 light-years?

Answers:

  1. Uranus
  2. Jupiter
  3. Venus
  4. Copernicus
  5. Asteroid
  6. Kazakhstan
  7. Mars
  8. Mir
  9. Encke's Comet
  10. Venus
  11. Proxima Centauri
  12. A supernova
  13. Jupiter
  14. Polaris (also known as the Pole Star or North Star)
  15. Johannes Kepler
  16. Galileo Galilei
  17. Hydrogen




  18. Frank Drake
  19. The Milky Way
  20. A parsec
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