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Solar System: Quiz


Question 1: Most large objects in orbit around the Sun lie near the plane of Earth's orbit, known as the ________.

Question 2: [66] The first centaur discovered, ________, has also been classified as comet (95P) since it develops a coma just as comets do when they approach the Sun.
60558 Echeclus2060 Chiron10199 Chariklo118401 LINEAR

Question 3: Stars following this pattern are said to be on the ________, and the Sun lies right in the middle of it.
White dwarfMain sequenceStellar classificationSupernova

Question 4: The Solar System is located in the ________ galaxy, a barred spiral galaxy with a diameter of about 100,000 light-years containing about 200 billion stars.
Local GroupMilky WayGalactic CenterVirgo Supercluster

Question 5: Although the Indian astronomer-mathematician Aryabhata and the Greek philosopher ________ had speculated on a heliocentric reordering of the cosmos,[1] Nicolaus Copernicus was the first to develop a mathematically predictive heliocentric system.
Apollonius of PergaEratosthenesAristarchus of SamosHipparchus

Question 6: However, stars brighter and hotter than the Sun are rare, while substantially dimmer and cooler stars, known as ________, are common, making up 85 percent of the stars in the galaxy.
Planetary nebulaMain sequenceStellar classificationRed dwarf

Question 7: The closest is the triple star system ________, which is about 4.4 light years away.
Alpha CentauriTheta CentauriGamma CentauriEta Centauri

Question 8: The ________, which lies between Mars and Jupiter, is similar to the terrestrial planets as it is composed mainly of rock and metal.
CometSolar SystemCeres (dwarf planet)Asteroid belt

Question 9: The four largest planets, the ________, also possess planetary rings, thin bands of tiny particles that orbit them in unison.
Terrestrial planetJupiterGas giantSaturn

Question 10: The shape and form of the outer edge of the heliosphere is likely affected by the ________ of interactions with the interstellar medium[80] as well as solar magnetic fields prevailing to the south, e.g.
ViscositySurface tensionFluid dynamicsFluid mechanics

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