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Sun Quiz I

  1. Roughly three quarters of the Sun's mass consists of which element?
  2. The production of which vitamin is especially promoted by the sunlight?
  3. In 1666, which scientist observed the Sun's light using a prism, and showed that it is made up of light of many colours?
  4. The Sun's diameter is about how many times bigger than that of Earth: 109 times, 1,009 times or 10,009 times?

  5. Name the Greek god and personification of the Sun?
  6. Which word, which is Latin for 'crown', is an aura of plasma that surrounds the Sun and other stars?
  7. Which King of France was known as the Sun King?
  8. In Greek mythology, whose wax wings melted when he ignored his father's instructions not to fly too close to the sun?
  9. Sunningdale is associated with which sport?
  10. Which is the name of the part of a sundial that casts a shadow?
  11. Which actress played struggling screenwriter Norma Desmond in the 1950 American film Sunset Boulevard?
  12. In which decade was The Sun newspaper founded?
  13. What was the name of the Roman sun god?
  14. How far is the Sun from the Earth: 930,000 miles, 9.3 million miles, or 93 million miles?
  15. Who wrote the song "Here Comes the Sun"?
  16. The distance from the Earth to the Sun is one AU, what does AU stand for?
  17. Name the ancient Egyptian deity of the sun?
  18. Which song by Noel Gay and Ralph Butler originally recorded in 1932 is known for its appearance in the 1985 version of the musical Me and My Girl?
  19. Sunjong was the last Emperor of which country?
  20. To the nearest minute, how long does it take light to reach Earth from the Sun?
  21. Which 2007 science fiction film directed by Danny Boyle takes place in the year 2057 with a group of astronauts on a mission to reignite the dying Sun?


  1. Hydrogen (73% - the rest is mostly helium (25%))
  2. Vitamin D
  3. Isaac Newton
  4. 109 times
  5. Helios (or Helius)
  6. Corona
  7. Louis XIV
  8. Icarus
  9. Golf
  10. Gnomon
  11. Gloria Swanson
  12. 1960s (1964)
  13. Sol
  14. 93 million miles

  15. George Harrison
  16. Astronomical Unit
  17. Ra
  18. The Sun Has Got His Hat On
  19. Korea
  20. 8 minutes
  21. Sunshine