How is your knowledge on space – is it out of this world or does it need some polishing up? Can you learn more about the vast universe that surrounds us? We have a selection of dark sky questions for under 10s and over 10s. A link to the answers can be found below.
Suitable for under 10s
1. How many individual stars can you see with the naked eye?
2. What is the name for a pattern of stars in the night sky? Bonus point if you can guess how many named patterns there are altogether?
Clue: C_n_ _ _l_at_ _ _
3. What does the constellation Orion show?
What is Orion famous for?
4. What is the speed of light?
a. 900 kilometres per hour
b. 300,000 kilometres per second
c. 3,000 kilometres per second
d. ,9000 miles per hour
5. What does UFO stand for?
6. Where do stars go in the day?
7. Which is the hottest planet?
8. An eclipse of the Sun occurs when the _ _ _ _ passes in front of the _ _ _.
9. Which planet has thousands of rings?
10. What did Wallace from Wallace and Gromit say the Moon was made of in A Grand Day Mut – Landing on the moon?
Suitable for over 10s
1. What hit the earth 65 million years ago, causing the dinosaurs to die out?
2. What do some people, in cultures all across the globe, claim to see in the Full Moon?
3. How do astronomers believe the universe began?
4. What is the name of the night sky phenomenon, shown below, which is caused by the collision of charged particles with the upper atmosphere?
5. What is a supernova?
6. Astronomers generally agree that the universe will…
a. Never stop expanding
b. Keep expanding for 1 billion years then start to decline
c. Stop expanding in 50 billion years and then explode
d. Come to an end this year
7. Which galaxy is home to our solar system? It’s the hazy band of light that arcs across the clear night sky.
8. Which object lost its status as a planet in 2006?
9. How many moons does Mars have?
10. Which planet has the largest moon in the solar system?
11. How many moons does Jupiter have?
12. How many planets are there in the solar system? Bonus point if you can you order the planets going outwards from the sun.
If you enjoyed this quiz and it has captured your interest in the dark sky and you want to learn more, we have a stellar line up of many free events and activities for young families and children to get involved in as part of our 2021 Dark Skies Festival.