Env Sci/Physics 141: Finding Your Way In The Sky

Steven Dutch, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
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  1. The celestial equivalent of longitude is
    1. Declination
    2. Right Ascension
    3. Orientation
    4. Latitude
    5. Celestial Longitude
  2. The celestial equivalent of latitude is
    1. Declination
    2. Right Ascension
    3. Orientation
    4. Longitude
    5. Celestial Latitude
  3. Stars that never rise or set are
    1. Equatorial
    2. Ecliptic
    3. Circumpolar
    4. Static
  4. At 30 N, how high is the north celestial pole above your horizon?
    1. 90 degrees
    2. 60 degrees
    3. 30 degrees
    4. On the horizon
    5. Below the horizon
  5. At 30 S, how high is the north celestial pole above your horizon?
    1. 90 degrees
    2. 60 degrees
    3. 30 degrees
    4. On the horizon
    5. Below the horizon
  6. The Southern Cross is visible where in the United States?
    1. South of Canada
    2. South of Washington D.C.
    3. South of Atlanta
    4. Only southern Florida, Texas, and Hawaii
    5. Nowhere
  7. The brightest star in the night sky
    1. Arcturus
    2. Canopus
    3. Rigel
    4. Deneb
    5. Sirius
  8. The bright Star Canopus is used in spacecraft navigation because it is very bright and:
    1. Easy to recognize
    2. In a direction at right angles to the earth's orbital plane
    3. Opposite the Sun
    4. Visible everywhere on Earth
    5. Variable
  9. Follow the curve of the handle of the Big Dipper to this star:
    1. Arcturus
    2. Canopus
    3. Rigel
    4. Deneb
    5. Sirius
  10. The Summer Triangle
    1. Deneb, Vega, Altair
    2. Deneb, Vega, Arcturus
    3. Deneb, Rigel, Altair
    4. Deneb, Vega, Aldebaran
    5. Castor, Pollux, Spica
  11. Summer constellation, a swan to the ancients but a cross to many modern people:
    1. Lyra
    2. Scorpius
    3. Gemini
    4. Orion
    5. Cygnus
  12. Many of the fall constellations are associated with the myth of
    1. Virgo
    2. Andromeda
    3. Auriga
    4. Bootes
    5. Orion
  13. Winter constellation with a belt and two first magnitude stars
    1. Virgo
    2. Andromeda
    3. Auriga
    4. Bootes
    5. Orion
  14. The Twins
    1. Lyra
    2. Scorpius
    3. Gemini
    4. Orion
    5. Cygnus
  15. Which is a Zodiac constellation?
    1. Virgo
    2. Andromeda
    3. Auriga
    4. Bootes
    5. Orion
  16. At the north pole of Earth, the stars are
    1. Always circumpolar
    2. Never circumpolar
    3. Circumpolar in winter
    4. Circumpolar in summer
    5. Circumpolar if they're more than 45 degrees above the horizon
  17. The only place where every star in the sky is sometimes visible:
    1. North Pole
    2. Tropic of Cancer
    3. Equator
    4. Tropic of Capricorn
    5. South Pole
  18. The apparent path of the sun in the sky is called the
    1. Celestial equator
    2. Celestial Pole
    3. Meridian
    4. Ecliptic
    5. Parallel
  19. At the winter solstice
    1. The Sun is at its most northerly declination
    2. The Sun is at its most southerly declination
    3. The Sun is crossing the celestial equator headed south
    4. The Sun is crossing the celestial equator headed north
  20. At the spring equinox
    1. The Sun is at its most northerly declination
    2. The Sun is at its most southerly declination
    3. The Sun is crossing the celestial equator headed south
    4. The Sun is crossing the celestial equator headed north
  21. At the summer solstice
    1. The Sun is at its most northerly declination
    2. The Sun is at its most southerly declination
    3. The Sun is crossing the celestial equator headed south
    4. The Sun is crossing the celestial equator headed north
  22. At the fall equinox
    1. The Sun is at its most northerly declination
    2. The Sun is at its most southerly declination
    3. The Sun is crossing the celestial equator headed south
    4. The Sun is crossing the celestial equator headed north
  23. Maiden condemned to be devoured by a monster
    1. Perseus
    2. Cassiopeia
    3. Virgo
    4. Andromeda
  24. Hero who saved a maiden condemned to be devoured by a monster:
    1. Orion
    2. Hercules
    3. Peseus
    4. Cygnus
  25. Inconsequential king in myth and in the sky, but contains a star that helps pin down distances in the Universe
    1. Orion
    2. Hercules
    3. Peseus
    4. Cygnus
    5. Cepheus
  26. The two constellations that represent crosses in the sky:
    1. Crux and Cygnus
    2. Taurus and Crux
    3. Cetus and Delphinus
    4. Aquila and Cygnus
  27. Which does not represent a water creature?
    1. Cetus
    2. Aquila
    3. Delphinus
    4. Cancer
  28. The only Zodiac constellation that does not represent a living creature:
    1. Virgo
    2. Scorpius
    3. Taurus
    4. Leo
    5. Libra
  29. Which does not have a first magnitude star?
    1. Taurus
    2. Orion
    3. Scorpius
    4. Sagittarius
    5. Lyra
  30. Which is not one of the Summer Triangle stars?
    1. Aldebaran
    2. Deneb
    3. Vega
    4. Altair
  31. The only distinctly autumn first magnitude star:
    1. Betelgeuse
    2. Spica
    3. Vega
    4. Fomalhaut
    5. Antares
  32. Which star is not first magnitude?
    1. Polaris
    2. Arcturus
    3. Rigel
    4. Alpha Centauri
  33. Which does not have a first magnitude star?
    1. Canis Major
    2. Virgo
    3. Ursa Major
    4. Aquila
    5. Lyra
  34. The second brightest star is important for spacecraft navigation but can't be seen from Green Bay:
    1. Canopus
    2. Vega
    3. Fomalhaut
    4. Antares
    5. Spica
  35. On December 21, the Sun is overhead at:
    1. The Tropic of Cancer (23.5 N)
    2. The Equator
    3. The Tropic of Cancer (23.5 S)
    4. The South Pole

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