I became interested in astronomy when I was about eight years
This soon led to a life-long love of science fiction and, naturally,
So going back to basics, here's a little astronomy quiz which
just an excuse for some pretty pictures of the night sky.
Run your mouse cursor along the 'ANSWER' line to highlight
or over 'CLUE' for a crappy clue. (Well, duh. You already guessed that!)
P.S. If, like me, you don't have broadband, you might like
to go and make a pot of coffee or something, as it takes
a while to load, but the pics are worth waiting for.
1. Name this constellation
CLUE: Aw, come on, this one's so easy, even for those
of you in the southern hemisphere... Okay then - this is not Ursa Minor, the
ANSWER: Ursa Major, the Great Bear, the Plough, the Plow, the Big Dipper - whatever stirs your coffee!
2. Here's another one, and with a strong Stargate connection.
Orion, but that's too easy. <eg> Name the arrowed red supergiant star.
CLUE: Sounds like what you might get from squashed creepy-crawlies - or a film starring Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder.
3. This one's for our Antipodean sibs. Name this constellation
CLUE: Antipodean, no? Well then, it's on Oz and Kiwi flags.
ANSWER: The Southern Cross, Crux Australis.
4. Name this constellation whose brightest star is Regulus.
CLUE: Symbol of M.G.M.?
ANSWER: Leo, the Lion.
5. Closer to home, can you name this beautiful giant planet?
CLUE: Its divine Roman namesake was well equipped for making toast.
6. Name this star cluster, found in the constellation of Taurus the bull.
CLUE: In Greek mythology, they were the daughters of Atlas.
ANSWER: The Pleiades or the Seven Sisters.
7. This is the first 'nebula', M1, in Messier's catalogue.
the mess left over from a star that went supernova in 1054 A.D. Name it.
CLUE: It's in the constellation of Taurus, not Cancer.
ANSWER: The Crab Nebula.
8. Name this dark nebula in the Orion nebula.
CLUE: An unwelcome present from the Maffia?
ANSWER: The Horsehead nebula.
9. Name this constellation whose brightest
star is the red supergiant, Antares.
CLUE: A character played by Wayne Pygram in 'Farscape'.
ANSWER: Scorpius, the scorpion - Scorpio for astrologers.
10. Name this moon of Jupiter. It's so volcanically
active that craters don't survive long there.
CLUE: What's the number of this question?
11. Name this beautiful galaxy, which can be seen with the naked eye.
CLUE: A ship's avatar that fell for Gabriel - well, who wouldn't? ;-)
ANSWER: Andromeda, M31.
12. Name this distinctive comet which graced our skies in 1997.
CLUE: Hearty dancing? Well, you were warned they're crappy clues. <g>
ANSWER: Comet Hale-Bopp.
And finally, if you ever wondered where my name comes from,
here's the constellation of Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown.
This page added 7 AUG 2004