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Test Your Astronomical Awareness. No Pressure!. Here’s a series of astronomical questions, with no marks at stake – just for fun!. Summer Heat. 1. The Seasons. The Earth\'s orbit is not quite a perfect circle. (That much is indeed true.)

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no pressure
No Pressure!

Here’s a series of astronomical questions, with no marks at stake – just for fun!

1 the seasons
1. The Seasons

The Earth\'s orbit is not quite a perfect circle. (That much is indeed true.)

Consider this claim: summer occurs and the hottest days of the year are in July because that is when the Earth is closest to the sun.

A: True

or B: False?

2 black holes
2. Black Holes

If the sun were to become a black hole, the Earth and all the other planets in the Solar System would be sucked into it.

A: True

or B:False?

3 weightlessness
3. Weightlessness

An astronaut in the Space Shuttle feels weightless because he or she is beyond the Earth\'s gravity.

A: True

or B:False?

4 lunar phases
4. Lunar Phases

The moon goes through its phases (new, crescent, full, etc) because of the different amount of the Earth\'s shadow which falls on it from time to time.

A: True

or B:False?

5 the flat earth
5. The Flat Earth

Until the time of Columbus, it was believed by almost all learned people that the world was flat.

A: True

or B:False?

6 the full moon
6. The Full Moon

The full moon is measurably larger when it is close to the horizon, smaller when it is overhead.

A: True

or B:False?

7 moving water
7. Moving Water

If you pull the plug in an ordinary sink full of water, or flush a toilet, it will drain out while circulating (swirling) in one direction in the Northern Hemisphere. Water in the identical sink or toilet would swirl in the other direction in the Southern Hemisphere.

A: True

or B:False?

8 the spinning earth
8. The Spinning Earth

If the Earth were to gradually slow down its rotation (spin) and come to a complete stop, we would all go floating off into space.

A: True

or B:False?

9 upside down
9. Upside-Down

From Australia, the moon appears to be upside-down relative to the way we see it.

A: True

or B:False?

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