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Question 1: Observers aboard a ________ aircraft were able to stretch totality to about 74 minutes by flying along the path of the Moon's umbra.
ConcordeBAC TSR-2Boeing 747Airbus

Question 2: It is only when the Moon is closer to the Earth than average (near its ________) that a total eclipse occurs.
OrbitOrbital eccentricityApsisOrbital period

Question 3: When the Earth approaches its farthest distance from the Sun (the ________) in July, this tends to favor a total eclipse.
Orbital eccentricityOrbitOrbital periodApsis

Question 4: Espenak (NASA ________)
Goddard Space Flight CenterSpace NetworkWallops Flight FacilityNear Earth Network

Question 5: One likely candidate took place on May 28, 585 BCE, probably near the Halys river in the middle of modern ________.
CroatiaCyprusTurkish peopleTurkey

Question 6: At the altitude of the ________, for example, an object would need to be about 3.35 km (2.08 mi) across to blot the Sun out entirely.
MirInternational Space StationSpace habitatTreadmill with Vibration Isolation System

Question 7: ________ (476–550) concluded the Heliocentric theory in solar eclipse.
KaranapaddhatiIndian mathematicsAryabhataAryabhatiya

Question 8: The Moon's orbit around the Earth is inclined at an angle of just over 5 degrees to the plane of the Earth's orbit around the Sun (the ________).
PlutoSolsticeJupiterEcliptic

Question 9: ________ wrote that Thales of Miletus predicted an eclipse which occurred during a war between the Medians and the Lydians.
Ancient GreeceHerodotusGreco-Persian WarsAlexander the Great

Question 10: For astronomers, a total solar eclipse forms a rare opportunity to observe the ________ (the outer layer of the Sun's atmosphere).
Convection zonePhotosphereCoronaChromosphere







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