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Science Today Quiz

What would happen to earth if the Sun emitted a superflare?

  • Damage the ozone layer
  • Kill off species
  • Visible change in sunlight
  • All of the above

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Nice work!

Superflares occur when a star has a magnetic outburst, releasing a burst of charged particles. Such events take place rarely on most stars, and probably even less often on our Sun. Check it out!

Nope.

All of the above. Superflares occur when a star has a magnetic outburst, releasing a burst of charged particles. Such events take place rarely on most stars, and probably even less often on our Sun. Check it out!

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What do Vesta and the moon have in common?

  • Astronomers have found proof that both were impacted with asteroids
  • Both have gone through planetary development
  • Both have an iron core
  • All of the above

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Correct!

Learn more here.

Bummer!

All of the above. Learn more here.

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Dark matter is made up of:

  • Weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs)
  • Brown dwarfs
  • Antimatter
  • We don’t know

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That’s right!

We have no idea! Mysterious dark matter makes up most of the mass of the Universe. It sounds imaginary, but we know it exists because it influences us through the effect of gravity. Read more here.

Oops!

We have no idea! Mysterious dark matter makes up most of the mass of the Universe. It sounds imaginary, but we know it exists because it influences us through the effect of gravity. Read more here.

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What percent of Mercury’s radius is part of its core?

  • 27%
  • 55%
  • 85%
  • 73%

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Yes!

NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft measured variations in Mercury’s gravitational pull to reveal that its core is larger than originally expected. Find out more here!

Sorry.

85%. NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft measured variations in Mercury’s gravitational pull to reveal that its core is larger than originally expected. Find out more here!

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What is the force that rips a star apart as it approaches a black hole?

  • Weak force
  • Tidal force
  • Strong force
  • Electromagnetic force

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Correct!

The tidal force is an effect of gravity, one of the four fundamental forces in nature—namely, the strong force, weak force, electromagnetic force, and gravity. Read more about the dangerous nature of black holes here.

Bummer!

The tidal force is an effect of gravity, one of the four fundamental forces in nature—namely, the strong force, weak force, electromagnetic force, and gravity. Read more about the dangerous nature of black holes here.

You got out of correct. The average so far is .

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