Question 1. The Magellanic cloud is a _____________.
(A) Star cluster
(B) Super nova remnant
Question 2. Andromeda, the nearest galaxy which is similar to the Milky Way, is how far from the Earth? Is it _____________.
(A) 200,000,000 light years
(B) 20,000,000 light years
(C) 2,000,000 light years
(D) 200,000 light years
Question 3. Primary cosmic radiation is characterized by _____________.
(A) Very energetic particles
(B) Isotropic in space
(C) An intensity which is essentially constant in time
(D) All of the above
Question 4. Most stars are cooler than the sun. These stars, the planets, interstellar clouds and star forming regions emit most of their radiant energy in the _____________.
(C) X-ray region
Question 5. A white dwarf has a mass of roughly one solar mass but a size of about _____________.
(A) The Earth
(B) Lake Michigan
(C) A car
(D) A basketball
Question 6. Which of the following men was the first to make systematic use of a telescope in astronomy?
(C) Tycho Brahe
Question 7. PRESENTLY, what is the farthest planet from the sun?
(D) None of the above
Question 8. Give 5 year when Pluto was discovered.
Question 9. Of the following phases of the moon, which is the one at which a spring tide occurs? Is it _____________.
(A) New crescent
(B) First quarter
(C) New gibbous
Question 10. Whose paradox asks why the sky is not ablaze with starlight if the universe is infinite in extent and uniformly filled with stars?
Question 11. The angular position of the sun at solar noon with respect to the plane of the equator is the definition of _____________.
(A) Solar declination angle
(C) Solar azimuth angle
(D) Index of refraction
Question 12. The Sun rotates about it’s own axis approximately _____________.
(A) Once every 60 minutes
(B) Once every 24 hours
(C) Once every 365 days
(D) Varies with solar latitude
Question 13. What was the year of the first lunar landing by man?
Question 14. To within 5% what fraction, by mass, of the observable matter in our universe is helium?
(C) 25 %
Question 15. A black hole with the mass of the earth would be the size of _____________.
(A) A marble
(B) A bowling ball
(C) The Moon
(D) The Sun
Question 16. The precession of the Earth refers to the _____________.
(A) Effect of the moon on the Earth’s orbit
(B) Change in orientation of the Earth’s axis
(C) Earth’s motion around the sun
(D) Change from night to day
Question 17. The phenomenon that causes the Moon’s rotation about it’s own axis to be equal to the Moon’s period of revolution about the Earth is called _____________.
(A) Tidal Friction
(B) Orbital Synchronization
(C) Landow Effect
(D) Haner Effect
Question 18. The only supernova explosion in modern times visible in the sky to the naked eye became visible in which year?
Question 19. Where are most asteroids located? Is it between _____________.
(A) Mars and Jupiter
(B) Earth and Mars
(C) Mars and Venus
(D) Jupiter and Saturn
Question 20. The ring nebula is an example of a planetary nebula. It is _____________.
(A) A ring of stars in a circular orbit
(B) A contracting ring of gas and dust falling circling into a massive object
(C) An expanding ring of gas released from a dying star
(D) A ring of planets circling a star
Question 21. The angular position of an object measured from a fixed point along the horizon is its _____________.
Question 22. Globular clusters in our galaxy are primarily found _____________.
(A) In the halo of our galaxy
(B) In the bulge at the center of our galaxy
(C) Distributed throughout the disk including regions between the spiral arms
(D) In the spiral arms
Question 23. Which of the following can be used to see through Venus’s clouds?
(A) Refracting telescopes
Question 24. Astronomers use cepheids principally as measures of what? Is it _____________.
(B) Chemical composition
Question 25. On February 9, 1991, ROSAT, an orbiting observatory, finished the first ever all-sky survey of _____________.
(B) Ultraviolet radiation
(C) Infrared radiation
(D) Radio waves