We had our eyes on the skies as we wrote this quiz. Can you reach for the stars or are you coming back down to Earth?

#1. The rain on Saturn might be made of what expensive material?

Scientists think that a combination of lightning and intense pressure could cause diamonds to rain down on large planets, including Saturn and Jupiter.

#2. In 2019, scientists traced the origin of a yellow scarab beetle carving from Tutankhamun’s tomb. What was it made from?

A beautiful yellow glass beetle found in Tutankhamun’s tomb was carved from 29-million-year-old glass from a meteorite impact.

#3. Which of the following gliding animals is fake?

There are many different animals that can glide including some frogs, squid, and lizards. However, all penguins are flightless.

#4. The ozone layer protects us from ultraviolet radiation, but what is ozone made of?

Ozone is oxygen, but it’s a bit different to the oxygen you breathe. A regular oxygen molecule has 2 oxygen atoms, but a molecule of ozone has 3 oxygen atoms!

#5. Over the entire Earth, how many lightning strikes are there every minute?

There are about 100 lightning flashes on Earth every second, or 6,000 every minute!

Was I right?


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Oh dear! Better brush up before the next quiz!


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