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Astronomy Quiz - Tides, Eclipses, Day & Night, & the Seasons
1. The celestial body with the greatest influence on our tides is the:
A moon
B sun
C nearest planet
2. Approximately how many high and low tides are there in a period of 24 hours?
A 1 high and 1 low
B 2 high and 2 low
C 1 high and 2 low
3. The tides which cause most damage to our beaches and occur at full and new moon phases are:
A neap tides
B spring tides
C low tides
4. The tides that occur at first and last quarter phases are:
A neap
B spring
C high
5. A solar eclipse occurs when people on earth cannot see the:
A 'morning star'
B moon
C sun
6. A lunar eclipse occurs when people on earth cannot see the:
A moon
B sun
C Venus
7. The darkest part of the shadow cast in an eclipse is the:
A penumbra
B umbrella
C umbra
8. In what order of alignment are the sun, the earth and the moon in a solar eclipse?
A sun, earth, moon
B sun, moon, earth
C moon, sun, earth
9. In what order of alignment are the sun, the earth and the moon in a lunar eclipse?
Asun, moon, earth
Bsun, earth, moon
Cmoon, sun, earth
10. The time of rotation of the earth on its axis is about:
A24 hours
B12 hours
C1 year
11. The sun appears to 'rise' in the east and 'set' in the west because:
Athe stars revolve around the earth from north to south
Bthe earth rotates from west to east
Cthe earth rotates from east to west
12. At any one time, the amount of the earth illuminated by sunlight is:
A100%
Bquarter
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13. The tilt of the earth on its axis causes:
Aday and night to be of different lengths in different parts of the world
Bthe seasons
Csummer and winter
14. The correct order of the seasons is:
Aspring summer, winter, autumn
Bsummer, winter, spring, autumn
Cspring, summer, autumn, winter
15. The seasons depend on:
Athe tilt of the earth on its axis
Bthe angle of sunlight at differenet parts of the world
Cthe distance between the earth and the sun

 

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