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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?

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    Via Flickr: gsfc
  2. 2. Which of these astronomical objects has the largest diameter?

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    Via nasa.gov
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  3. 3.

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    150,000 km
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    150,000 miles
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    150,000,000 km
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    150,000,000 miles
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    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
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    Visible light
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    Radio waves
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    X-rays
  5. 5.

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    Oxygen
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    Nitrogen
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    Carbon dioxide
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    Carbon monoxide
  6. 6.

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    Oxygen
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    Nitrogen
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    Carbon dioxide
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    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
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    Gas tail
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    Ion tail
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    Vapour tail
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    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?

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    Straight up
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    Straight down
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    Left
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    Right
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    The sun's radiation pushes the ion tail away from the sun itself, in a straight line.

  9. 9.

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    Fireballs
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    Meteorites
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    Meteoroids
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    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
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    B
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    C
  11. 11.

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    ALSEPs package
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    Balloon
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    Space probe
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    Telescope
  12. 12.

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    27.3 days
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    28.0 days
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    29.5 days
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    31.0 days

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