Will you get lost among the stars? Astronomy test behind the pages of a school textbook

Will you get lost among the stars? Astronomy test behind the pages of a school textbook
Will you get lost among the stars? Astronomy test behind the pages of a school textbook

Astronomy lessons returned to Russian schools in 2018. During the time this science was an optional subject, many events took place in it, not all of which were reflected in textbooks. In addition, many interesting facts were not mentioned in them before.


Our test will help you find out how well you know astronomy outside of the school curriculum.

Don't forget to share your results in the comments.


The space traveler of the future, having landed on this planet, will certainly want to visit the province of Tarsis with its extinct volcanoes - the Dome of Jupiter and Pater Alba, the Labyrinth of Night and other sights unique even for the solar system.

Farsis is a volcanic highland near the equator of the planet Mars, west of the Valleys of the Mariner. The largest volcanoes in the solar system are located here, the highest of them is Olympus.

Pluto Mars Mercury 2/10

This star in the constellation Libra, 190 light years away, contains very few elements heavier than hydrogen and helium. From which scientists concluded that she …

The star HD 140283, which has the unofficial name Methuselah, was born in those distant times when the universe was not yet enriched with heavy elements produced in stars.

… is the oldest of all stars whose age has been reliably determined … is the youngest of all stars whose age has been reliably determined 3/10

Since 2015, the International Astronomical Union has been assigning names to stars. In Spain, they are proud that the star of the Mu Altar received the name …

A sun-like star in the constellation of the Altar, at a distance of 50 light years from us, was named Cervantes, and the planets surrounding it were named after the heroes of his works: Don Quixote, Sancho Panza, Dulcinea and Rocinante.

… Christopher Columbus … Miguel de Cervantes … Antonio Banderas 4/10

Most of the details of the relief of this celestial body were named after British legends about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. There is Avalon and Camelot, and the craters are named after King Arthur, his knights Lancelot, Parzival, Gawain and even the Fairy Morgana.

Saturn's moon Mimas was discovered by British astronomer William Herschel. Therefore, the details of its relief, according to the rules approved by the IAU in 1982, receive names taken mainly from British legend.

Umbriel Europa Mimas 5/10

Observations with a telescope indicate that this dwarf planet is one of the reddest objects in the solar system, almost as red as Mars.

Although the IAU has not yet assigned this status to Sedna, many scientists consider her as such. The red color is due to the presence on its surface of tholins, organic copolymers formed from simpler organic compounds under the influence of ultraviolet radiation.

Salacia Sedna Kwavar 6/10

This pre-existing constellation, one might say, was "sawed" into three parts.

In the middle of the 18th century, the French astronomer Lacaille divided the constellation Argo into three parts due to its excessive size. The new constellations were named: Carina, Korma and Sails.

Ship Argo Oak Charles II Apple Branch 7/10

Only one geological object on the surface of this celestial body has its own name. In addition, it serves as a reference point for coordinates.

The largest crater on the surface of Proteus (satellite of Neptune) is named Pharos - after a small island in the Mediterranean Sea, where, according to myth, King Proteus ruled.

Ganymede Proteus Mercury 8/10

Galactic arms are the building blocks of spiral galaxies, including the Milky Way. In which arm are the Sun and the Earth?

The Orion Arm owes its name to the constellation Orion, some of the brightest stars of which are located within it. The solar system is also in the Orion Arm.

Centauri Sleeve Perseus Sleeve Orion Sleeve 9/10

Star S62 orbits the radio source Sagittarius A *, a supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way. How fast does it do it?

The S62 spins at record speed. Its orbital period is 9.9 years, and as it moves, it accelerates to 10 percent the speed of light.

99 percent of the speed of light 10 percent of the speed of light one percent of the speed of light 10/10

The nebula NGC 7000, located in the constellation Cygnus, at a distance of 1950 light-years from us, resembles the outlines of this continent, after which it was named.

The nebula, reminiscent of the North American continent, was first discovered by British astronomer William Herschel in 1786.

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