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Stuck in space! A quick quiz

By Chris Hyun and Sarah Kellett, 2 November 2022

Stars, telescopes, action! Can you catch the shooting star and get a 5/5 on this space quiz?

#1. What is the closest planet to Earth most of the time?

Most people consider the distances of the planets to the Sun, rather than to each other. Mercury is the closest planet to Earth in the solar system.

#2. True or false? Earth is spiralling closer to the Sun.

False. Earth is drifting further away from the Sun, like all the other planets in the solar system. The Sun is losing mass so cannot maintain the same gravitational pull.

#3. Which of these planets is known for the beautiful rings around it?

Saturn is known for its rings made up of billions of small chunks of rock and ice, plus other materials such as dust.

#4. What is the closest star to our Sun?

Proxima Centauri is the closest star to our Sun.

#5. How many moons do Mercury and Venus have, combined?

None, neither Mercury nor Venus have any moons.

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