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Look to the stars! – a quick quiz

By David, 26 September 2018 Quiz

Feeling bright? This quiz has a couple of star questions that are bound to bend your brain.


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#1. Which of these lizards does not live in Australia?

Green iguanas live in the Americas, not Australia.

#2. If you replaced Earth with a Sun-sized star, but the Moon stayed where it was, where would the Moon be relative to the new star?

The Sun is about 700 000 kilometres from its centre to its surface, and the Moon orbits only about 400 000 kilometres from the centre of the Earth.

#3. Which element has the symbol W on the periodic table?

Tungsten is known as wolfram in many languages, and has the symbol W.

#4. Where does asbestos come from?

Asbestos is a type of mineral with long fibrous crystals. If inhaled they can cause life threatening diseases.

#5. How long does it take for light to travel from the brightest star in the Southern Cross to Earth?

Alpha Crucis, the brightest star in the Southern Cross is 321 light years away.

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