ASTRONOMY 101: THE STARS

Mankind has always been fascinated by the stars. From Greeks using them to tell stories of their gods, to understanding their importance in the creation of other galaxies, the stars shape culture and science. With the creation of the telescope mankind has steadily grown our knowledge of the stars. This quiz will test your own knowledge of the stars.

Special thanks to Learning Life intern, Craig Gusmann, for researching and drafting this quiz.    

1. True or False: A star is a giant ball of gas that smaller celestial bodies (planets, moons, etc.) orbit around?

 

 
 

2. Which of these is not part of a star’s lifecycle?

 
 
 
 
 

3. True or False: A star’s habitable zone is the distance from a star a planet needs to be in order for life to begin.

 
 

4. The planet Earth is located in the Milky Way Galaxy. Approximately how many stars are in the Milky Way Galaxy?

 
 
 
 
 

5. True or False: The bigger a star is, the shorter its lifespan.