Astronomers people who study the stars, planets, galaxies and even the asteroids have existed for countless years and have made a considerable impact on the world we live in. Checkout how much you know about astronomers and their magnificent work via this quiz.
1) Which Greek astronomer was the first to measure the size of Earth accurately and determined that the earth’s polar diameter was about 7850 miles?
2) The heliocentric model is a theory that places the Sun as the center of the universe, and the planets orbiting around it. Can you name the astronomer who discovered this theory?
3) Which astronomer discovered that the orbits of all the planets are elliptical (oval) rather than round?
4) Which astronomer is considered to be the first to use telescope and discovered four of Jupiter’s satellites and the craters on Earth’s moon?
5) Which scientist used his theory of gravity to explain how the moon is held in its orbit around the Earth?
6) Which comet was named after an astronomer and it can be seen about every 76 years. It was last seen in 1986 and should return in 2061?
7) Which father and son, are the first to have conducted a thorough study of stars and nebulae and have also discovered many new double stars and nebulae?
8) Who classified the different types of galaxies in the universe?
9) Name the space telescope that was launched into low Earth orbit in 1990, and remains in operation.
10) A pulsar is a rapidly rotating neutron star. The first known pulsar was observed in 1967 by astronomers Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Antony Hewish to have extraordinarily regular radio pulsations. Bell Burnell and Hewish were referred as LGM-1 following to their discovery. Can you tell what does LGM stand for?
11) Name the astronomer who discovered the Saturn’s rings and devised the wave theory of light.
12) Which Italian astronomer who compiled star catalogues and discovered the first asteroid, Ceres, in 1801.
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