Here's a little astronomy quiz which is really
just an excuse for some pretty pictures of the night sky.
cursor along the 'ANSWER' line to highlight the answer,
or along the 'CLUE' for a corny clue.
1. Name this
CLUE: Aw, come on, this one's so easy... Okay then - this is not
Ursa Minor, the Little Bear.
Ursa Major, the Great Bear.
2. This is
the first 'nebula', M1, in Messier's catalogue. It's actually
the mess left over from a star that went supernova in 1054 A.D. Name it.
CLUE:It's in the constellation of Taurus, not Cancer.
The Crab Nebula.
3. Closer to
home, can you name this beautiful giant planet?
CLUE:Its divine Roman namesake was well equipped for making toast.
4. Name this
constellation whose brightest star is Regulus.
CLUE:The first name of Russian author Tolstoy.
Leo, the Lion.
5. Name this
dark nebula in the Orion nebula.
CLUE:An unwelcome present from the Maffia?
The Horsehead nebula.
6. Yes, it's
Orion, but that's too easy.
Name the arrowed red supergiant star.
CLUE:Sounds like what you might get from squashed creepy-crawlies -
or a film starring
Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder.
7. Name this
beautiful galaxy - M31 - which can be seen with the naked eye.
CLUE:A strained novel by Michael Crichton, chained to a rock and
rescued by Perseus.
8. Name this
star cluster, found in the constellation of Taurus the bull.
CLUE: In Greek mythology, they were the daughters of Atlas.
The Pleiades or the Seven Sisters.
9. Where in
the solar system is this?
CLUE:Here's an opportunity to give a spirited answer.
10. Name this
moon of Jupiter. It's so volcanically active
that craters don't survive long there.
CLUE:What's the number of this question?
11. Name this
distinctive comet which graced our skies in 1997.
CLUE:CLUE: Hearty dancing? Well, you were warned they're corny
12. Name this
constellation whose brightest star is the red supergiant, Antares.
CLUE:Astrologiacally, it ends in'io' but astronomically it ends in