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Mini-Quiz: Characteristics of our Moon

by Ron Kurtus (revised 18 December 2005)

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



1. How does the size of the Moon compare with that of Earth?

They are about the same size

The Moon is 1/4 as wide as the Earth

The Moon is 1/80 the diameter of the Earth

2. How does gravity from the Moon affect the Earth?

It influences the tides

It reduces the Earth's magnetic field

The Moon has no gravity

3. Has anyone ever been on the Moon?

Only in the comic books or on TV

American astronauts landed on the Moon in 1969

People live on the Moon right now

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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Resources and references

Ron Kurtus' Credentials

Websites

Facts About the Moon - From NASA

The Moon - Good details from Nine Planets site

The Moon - Information and statistics from Russian version of American website

Astronomy Resources

Books

From Blue Moons To Black Holes: A Basic Guide To Astronomy, Outer Space, And Space Exploration by Melanie Melton Knocke; Prometheus Books (2005) $19.00

Observing the Moon by Peter T. Wlasuk; Springer (2000) $39.95 - Reference book for anyone seriously interested in the Moon and its geology

Welcome to the Moon: Twelve Lunar Expeditions for Small Telescopes by Robert Bruce Kelsey; Naturegraph Publishers (1997) $11.95 - Well written "how to" for novice astronomers

Top-rated books on the Moon


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