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Can You Actually Pass Astronomy GCSE Now?

If astronomy GCSE was 12 multiple-choice questions, anyway. Questions taken from Edexcel past papers.

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  1. 1. Which of these astronomical objects is closest to the Earth?

  2. 2. Which of these astronomical objects has the largest diameter?

  3. 3.

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    150,000 km
    150,000 miles
    150,000,000 km
    150,000,000 miles
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The astronomical unit is the average distance from the centre of the Earth to the centre of the sun.

  4. 4.

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    Microwaves
    Visible light
    Radio waves
    X-rays
  5. 5.

    Oxygen
    Nitrogen
    Carbon dioxide
    Carbon monoxide
  6. 6.

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    Oxygen
    Nitrogen
    Carbon dioxide
    Carbon monoxide
  7. 7. This is a picture of a comet. What is the name of the curved tail labelled X?

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    Dust tail
    Gas tail
    Ion tail
    Vapour tail
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's the dust tail. The ion tail is the other, straighter, bluer one.

  8. 8. Looking at the same image, in which direction is the sun?

    Straight up
    Straight down
    Left
    Right
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The sun's radiation pushes the ion tail away from the sun itself, in a straight line.

  9. 9.

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    Fireballs
    Meteorites
    Meteoroids
    Micrometeorites
  10. 10. This is a picture of the near side of the moon. Which of these is the Ocean of Storms?

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    A
    B
    C
  11. 11.

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    ALSEPs package
    Balloon
    Space probe
    Telescope
  12. 12.

    27.3 days
    28.0 days
    29.5 days
    31.0 days

Can You Actually Pass Astronomy GCSE Now?

Hey ho. Who cares? You're not doing Astronomy GCSE!

Or at least I hope you're not. If you are, don't worry, I'm sure it'll be fine. But maybe go back to the textbooks a bit.

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Could have been worse!

You probably don't need to know all that much about cometary orbits in your day-to-day life anyway.

Could have been worse!
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Hey, not bad!

You're not exactly Johannes Kepler but you know your way around an astronomical body.

Hey, not bad!
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Nice. Very nice.

You can tell Saturn's rings from Uranus.

Nice. Very nice.
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Amazing! You know lots and lots about the solar system.

You probably have a big picture of Tycho Brahe on your wall, which is cool.

Amazing! You know lots and lots about the solar system.
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Extraordinary! Full marks.

Did you… actually do

Extraordinary! Full marks.
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Tom Chivers is a science writer for BuzzFeed and is based in London.

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