Astronomy Quiz

1. What is the third planet from the sun?

a. Jupiter

b. Earth

c. Venus

2. What is the Red Planet?

a. Uranus

b. Pluto

c. Mars

3. Which candy bar is in outer space?

a. Snickers

b. Baby Ruth

c. Milky Way

4. What is the Latin name for the sun?

a. Smilax

b. Rubram

c. Sol

5. The body that supplies heat and light to the small planet we call Earth is?

a. Star

b. Asteroid

c. Moon

6. What objects gravitational pull is so great that nothing – not even light can escape from it?

a. Black Hole

b. Vortex

c. Shooting Star

7. Based on their average distance from the Sun, what is the order of the planets?

a. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto

b. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Earth, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto

c. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Pluto, Neptune

8. The name of a small object made of ice, frozen gas, and dust that orbits the sun is?

a. Comet

b. Meteorite

c. Asteroid

9. How long does it take the earth to go around the sun?

a. One Day

b. One Month

c. One Year

10. What best describes a “falling star”?

a. A flaming ball of gas

b. A star streaking across the sky near the Earth

c. A tiny rock vaporizing as it enters the Earth’s atmosphere

11. Which planet has a surface and atmosphere most like the Earth?

a. Mars

b. Neptune

c. Mercury

12. What is the brightest star in the night sky at any time?

a. Sirius

b. Orion

c. Venus

13. A natural satellite that orbits a planet?

a. Star

b. Sun

c. Moon

14. About how many stars are in our galaxy?

a. 200 billion

b. 200 thousand

c. 2 million

15. Which planet is referred to as the “planet of oceans”?

a. Venus

b. Earth

c. Mars

16. Which planet has the strongest winds?

a. Neptune

b. Earth

c. Mars

17. Meteoroids that hurtle into the atmosphere as streaks of light are?

a. Comets

b. Shooting stars

c. Asteroids

18. Which planets have rings around them?

a. Saturn, Uranus, Jupiter, Neptune

b. Earth, Pluto, Mercury, Mars

c. Venus, Mars, Uranus, Saturn