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Mini-Quiz: Astronomical Distances

by Ron Kurtus (15 March 2009)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.



1. What is the closest Jupiter comes to Earth in astronomical units?

1 AU

4.2 AU

5.2 AU

2. How long does it take light from the star, Proxima Centauri, to reach us?

4.22 years

4.22 AU

186,000 miles per second

3. Why don't most people use the parsec as a unit of measurement?

Most people do use it, but not in grade schools

The word is too difficult to spell

It is difficult to visualize an angle as representing a distance

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in Astronomy. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.


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