Astronomy: A-Z II

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Can you name the answers to the astronomy questions?

Featured Feb 8, 2012

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AThis spacecraft was meant to send 3 men to the moon, but an oxygen tank explosion halted the mission.
BThis nebula, at 1 degree Kelvin, is the coldest known naturally occuring place in the Universe.
CThis 3,000 mile (4,800 km) wide 'gap' between Saturn's A Ring and B Ring actually does contain ring-like materials.
DThis celestial phenomenon can be either a binary star or just 2 stars that, by chance, appear near each other in the sky.
EThis space shuttle, for a ship used by James Cook, replaced Challenger.
FThis solar phenomenon can affect the ionosphere and disrupt long-range radio communications.
GThis astronomer first discovered that Venus, like the Moon, had phases.
HThis dwarf planet is named for a Hawaiian goddess and its two moons are Hi'iaka and Namaka.
IThis shape of galaxy is one without an identifiable shape, such as the Cigar Galaxy.
JThis is another term for a gas giant: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
KThis German astronomer is very famous for making the Three Laws of Planetary Motion.
LThis constellation in the Zodiac lies between Cancer and Virgo, and it also has a 'minor' version of the constellation.
MThis is the term for a space rock that survived the atmosphere and is on the Earth's surface.
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NThis is an explosion on a white dwarf caused by attracting hydrogen to a white dwarf star causing nuclear fusion.
OThis moon of Uranus is the 9th most massive moon in the Solar System and the 2nd of Uranus.
PThis ancient astronomer is famous for naming 48 constellations and developing the geocentric model.
QThis phenomena is an extremely distant, active, galactic nucleus with a high red shift.
RThis protoplanetary nebula in Monoceros (HD 44179) is named because of its distinctive color and shape (which both begin with R).
SThis spiral galaxy, designated as M104, is named after a large hat it resembles.
TThis is a type of asteroids that orbit in gravitationally stable Lagrange points in a planet's orbit, trailing it or preceding it.
UThis constellation, the little bear, is home to Polaris and is also known as the Little Dipper.
VThis star in Lyra, with a magnitude of 0.03, is the fifth brightest star in the sky.
WThis galaxy, M51, interacts with companion galaxy NGC 5195, is named for its spiral shape.
XThis is a part of the electromagnetic spectrum that has sources such as neutron stars and black holes.
YThis type of star is a main-sequence star of spectral type G, luminosity type V, such as the Sun.
ZThis is the term for the place in the sky directly overhead of the observer.

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