In the southern parts of the world, spring has sprung, and there’s a lot more sunshine about. See how you go with this solar themed quiz!

#1. How long does it take for light to travel from the Sun’s surface to Earth?

The Sun is a little further than 8 light minutes away from Earth, although that additional distance does vary throughout the year.

#2. What is the name for an animal that comes out during the day?

A diurnal animal comes out during the day. It’s like the opposite of a nocturnal animal!

#3. Plants use a chemical called chlorophyll to turn light into food energy, but what colour of light doesn’t get absorbed by chlorophyll?

Chlorophyll reflects green light instead of absorbing it, which is why leaves typically look green.

#4. Which is hotter – the surface of the Sun or the centre of the Earth?

Both the surface of the Sun and the centre of the Earth are about 5700 Kelvin or 5400 degrees Celsius.

#5. Which element was detected in the Sun before it was discovered on Earth?

Helium was first detected in 1868 as a strange dip in the Sun’s light spectrum. It’s named after the Greek Titan of the Sun, Helios.

Was I right?


Congratulations! You are a real science whiz!

Oh dear! Better brush up before the next quiz!

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