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This largest galaxy in our local galaxy cluster.
This is a type of galaxy that many scientists believe is the shape of our own Milky Way.
This is the remnants of a supernova that the Ancient Chinese observed in 1054 A.D.
This is the mysterious force that makes the Universe's rate of expansion accelerate.
This is the term given to a planet outside of our own Solar System.
The fuel for a star comes from nuclear _______ of hydrogen atoms.
This is the largest Galilean Moon, and the largest in our Solar System
This is the closest planetary nebula to Earth
This is the heaviest element able to be produced by stars. Supernovae are necessary to make heavier elements.
This is a magnificent star cluster in the constellation Crux.
This trans-Neptunian region contains Pluto, Haumea, and Makemake.
Supernova 1987A, the first supernova visible to the naked eye in near 400 years, occurred in this irregular galaxy
The abundance of this substance in the atmosphere of Neptune give them a bluish hue.
At the end of a massive stars life, it will either become one of these or a black hole.
This easily distinguished constellation contains such objects as Betelgeuse and The Horsehead Nebula
Deimos and this satellite are the 2 moons of Mars.
This trans-Neptunian object is a candidate for a dwarf planet.
Einstein's Theory of _______ revolutionized our understandings of the cosmos.
This Soviet probe was the first man-made object put in space.
This is the largest, and arguably the only notable, satellite of Neptune.
The satellites of this planet are the only moons in our Solar System not named for Mythological characters.
This is the largest star that has yet been discovered.
At the end of the Sun's life it will become one of these stars.
When Eris was first discovered it was called this, after a character from television.
When a star is this color, it signifies it is hotter than an orange star, but cooler than a white star.
The constellations that lie on the ecliptic plane are called this.
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Astronomy: A-Z Quiz
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Jul 13th, 2011 at 16:11 GMT
I only got one. cool quiz though. have a nice day;)
Jul 13th, 2011 at 16:49 GMT
Good quiz. However, the first answer is incorrect, for example the Triangulum galaxy is further away than Andromeda, and is (just) visible to the naked eye under good seeing conditions. For a transient event, the gamma ray burst GRB080319B was visible for about 30 seconds, from a distance of about 7.5 billion light year, 3,000 times further away than Andromeda. Also, Eris and Sedna are not members of the Kuiper belt. Eris is a scattered disc object, and Sedna's classification is disputed due to it's unusual orbit.
Jul 13th, 2011 at 17:18 GMT
Thanks for those corrections MichaelB76!
Jul 13th, 2011 at 18:06 GMT
You're welcome. Good fix on the A question, unfortunately your K question is still wrong. The objects in the Kuiper Belt are not comets, as they are not close enough to the sun to develop a coma. Nor are they likely to become comets, as they are in relatively stable orbits. For example, Pluto is in a 3:2 resonance with Neptune. It's the scattered disc, where Eris resides, that is thought to be the source of short period comets, as Neptune's gravity disrupts their orbits over millions of years. For K, I'd suggest going back to the original clue, but change the dwarf planets to PLuto, Haumea and Makemake, which are all Kuiper Belt members.
Aug 29th, 2011 at 01:57 GMT
So many thanks to sproutcm for the Editor's Pick! WOOHOO!
Aug 29th, 2011 at 09:02 GMT
this is a great game myb555 and may i ask what is an editor's pick.
Aug 29th, 2011 at 12:32 GMT
Thank You! An editor's pick is when the editor for the category picks your quiz for the Editors Pick because they think the quiz is great or they think it can be a great quiz, and having an editors pick increases the plays of a quiz, so they will know.
Aug 30th, 2011 at 09:27 GMT
Dang it, couldn't get the spelling of magellanic or kuiper right, oh well, now I know. Cool quiz :D
Aug 30th, 2011 at 16:26 GMT
There are 13 constellations on the zodiac.
Aug 31st, 2011 at 19:46 GMT
Fun quiz myb555! I do have 2 improvements though: an 'extrasolar planet' is another name for an exoplanet so 'extrasolar' should be accepted, and in the I clue, the word after 'supernovae' should be are, not is, because 'supernovae' is plural.
Aug 31st, 2011 at 23:27 GMT
@jam1 Thanks, i fixed those. @antithesys Well, since the sources i found for that question differed, i got rid of the number completely.
Sep 30th, 2011 at 04:01 GMT
I missed 7 on first try, and I'm still in 60th percentile. I think I know a fair share of Astronomy, and can't imagine 40% being ahead of me. The only things I can think of is that only people like me interested in Astronomy are taking this quiz, or people are taking it more than once, just to say they got a higher score...
Sep 30th, 2011 at 04:03 GMT
sorry, that was a mistake. it was 83 percentile
Game published: Oct 19th, 2011 at 15:03 GMT
Oct 19th, 2011 at 17:17 GMT
finally a quiz for an astro nerd like me. 23/26
Oct 19th, 2011 at 17:31 GMT
You say that "extrasolar" has been added as an answer, but it didn't work for me.
Oct 19th, 2011 at 17:35 GMT
wow, I only got 6. I played on my phone and didn't even notice the A-Z letters until 30 seconds were left. I would've only gotten 7 anyway with the first letter clues...
Oct 19th, 2011 at 17:41 GMT
It did not seem to accept VY Canis Maioris, which should be acceptable (cannot totally rule out a typo though).
Oct 19th, 2011 at 17:56 GMT
Loving how Y was obviously a tough letter to think of a good answer for, so they went for "Lighter than Orange and darker than white hyuurpph!"
Oct 19th, 2011 at 17:58 GMT
Ashamed that I had to recall knowledge of Harry Potter as well as Friends to answer two of the questions
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Oct 19th, 2011 at 18:53 GMT
Please should take "crab" instead of "crab nebula."
Oct 19th, 2011 at 19:07 GMT
Good to see this one published, covers a lot of ground without being too obscure.
Oct 19th, 2011 at 20:22 GMT
Congratulations on your first published quiz!
Oct 19th, 2011 at 20:38 GMT
I swear this quiz was called "Astrology A-Z" and my first guess was aries... then B came along.
Oct 20th, 2011 at 00:49 GMT
Please accept extrasolar.
Oct 20th, 2011 at 01:02 GMT
I was hoping for "syzygy" to be on this quiz... "Syzygy: The Astronomical 'Kyrgyzstan!'"
Oct 20th, 2011 at 02:32 GMT
The M clue seem to has a grammatical problems.
Oct 20th, 2011 at 02:59 GMT
Tried so, so many different spellings for the Q clue. Never did get it. (No excuses for the other 8 I missed.)
Oct 20th, 2011 at 18:24 GMT
The "C" clue also has a grammatical error. Should read "This is the (or a) remnant of ..."
Oct 21st, 2011 at 09:32 GMT
All my correct answers were the ones 50% or more got right. How pedestrian.
Oct 21st, 2011 at 18:14 GMT
This quiz didn't accept "dark matter" for "dark energy" (even though I hear it referred to as the former far more often), and it also didn't accept "pinwheel" for the galaxy type that is our own Milky Way. Wtf? Go back to the drawing board with this, guys.
Oct 22nd, 2011 at 19:47 GMT
Psycholite: dark matter and dark energy are two very different phenomena. Dark matter is hypothetical inert mass found wherever baryonic mass (the stuff we're made of) is found. It doesn't interact with light (hence "dark") but is otherwise presumably inert matter. Dark energy on the other hand is some sort of universally-distributed energy or field that exerts negative pressure on itself, causing spacetime itself to expand. The only thing the two phenomena have to do with one another is the word "dark."
Nov 6th, 2011 at 21:37 GMT
Please accept "extrasolar" or "extrasolar planet" for E.
Nov 24th, 2011 at 03:52 GMT
extrasolar is an adjective that could be used to describe planets outside of our solar systems the planets are actually called exoplanets
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Dec 30th, 2011 at 23:58 GMT
how about "dark matter" accepted in place of "dark energy"...otherwise, great quiz
Feb 21st, 2012 at 20:18 GMT
The largest galaxy in the local group is not Andromeda, according to the latest data (last 7-8 years) we've determined the Milky Way is actually the largest. http://www.space.com/2066-milky-andromeda-study-settles-massive.html (2006) http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/01/milkyway/ (2009) I assume it's an honest mistake
Jun 20th, 2012 at 21:01 GMT
Please accept "crab" for "crab nebula" like you do in the case of "helix" and "helix nebula".
Dec 12th, 2012 at 06:38 GMT
Extrasolar should be accepted for "Expolanet".
Apr 30th, 2013 at 16:28 GMT
I tried B***** for B, and also tried S*****... I never thought to put those two together.
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