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1 Review Clickers The Cosmic Perspective Seventh Edition Discovering the Universe for Yourself

2 The sky is divided into 88 zones called a) degrees. b) tropics. c) constellations. d) signs.

3 The sky is divided into 88 zones called a) degrees. b) tropics. c) constellations. d) signs.

4 A map of the entire sky, as seen from Earth, is called a) a meridian. b) a sky finder. c) the celestial sphere. d) the celestial directory.

5 A map of the entire sky, as seen from Earth, is called a) a meridian. b) a sky finder. c) the celestial sphere. d) the celestial directory.

6 Objects are located on the celestial sphere in units of a) miles. b) kilometers. c) light years. d) parsecs. e) degrees.

7 Objects are located on the celestial sphere in units of a) miles. b) kilometers. c) light years. d) parsecs. e) degrees.

8 The angular size of your fist, held at arms length, is about a) 1 degree. b) 10 degrees. c) 5 inches. d) 10 inches.

9 The angular size of your fist, held at arms length, is about a) 1 degree. b) 10 degrees. c) 5 inches. d) 10 inches.

10 The apparent size of the moon in the sky is about a) ½ degree. b) 5 degrees. c) 10 degrees. d) a mile. e) 2000 miles (1/4 Earth's diameter).

11 The apparent size of the moon in the sky is about a) ½ degree. b) 5 degrees. c) 10 degrees. d) a mile. e) 2000 miles (1/4 Earth's diameter).

12 When an astronomer describes the altitude of something in the local sky, he or she means a) how high something is in the sky, in units of miles or kilometers. b) how high something is in the sky, in units of degrees. c) the direction toward something north, south, east, or west.

13 When an astronomer describes the altitude of something in the local sky, he or she means a) how high something is in the sky, in units of miles or kilometers. b) how high something is in the sky, in units of degrees. c) the direction toward something north, south, east, or west.

14 When an astronomer describes the azimuth of something in the local sky, he or she means a) how high something is in the sky, in units of miles or kilometers. b) how high something is in the sky, in units of degrees. c) the direction toward something north, south, east, or west.

15 When an astronomer describes the azimuth of something in the local sky, he or she means a) how high something is in the sky, in units of miles or kilometers. b) how high something is in the sky, in units of degrees. c) the direction toward something north, south, east, or west.

16 Directly above Earth's north pole on the celestial sphere is a) the Big Dipper. b) the Zenith. c) the brightest star in the sky. d) a star called Polaris. e) C and D

17 Directly above Earth's north pole on the celestial sphere is a) the Big Dipper. b) the Zenith. c) the brightest star in the sky. d) a star called Polaris. e) C and D

18 As seen from North America, stars near Polaris in the sky a) are in the Big Dipper. b) are seen only in winter. c) are seen only in summer. d) never set. e) A and D

19 As seen from North America, stars near Polaris in the sky a) are in the Big Dipper. b) are seen only in winter. c) are seen only in summer. d) never set. e) A and D

20 How long was this exposure? a) a few seconds b) a few minutes c) about minutes d) two hours e) impossible to tell

21 How long was this exposure? a) a few seconds b) a few minutes c) about minutes d) two hours e) impossible to tell

22 What makes Polaris a special star? a) It is the brightest star in the sky. b) It is always directly overhead, no matter where you are. c) It is near the axis about which the sky turns. d) Its azimuth (direction) is always due north. e) C and D

23 What makes Polaris a special star? a) It is the brightest star in the sky. b) It is always directly overhead, no matter where you are. c) It is near the axis about which the sky turns. d) Its azimuth (direction) is always due north. e) C and D

24 Why are different stars seen in different seasons? a) because of Earth's axis tilt b) because stars move during the year c) because as Earth orbits the Sun, we see the Sun in front of different constellations d) because of precession

25 Why are different stars seen in different seasons? a) because of Earth's axis tilt b) because stars move during the year c) because as Earth orbits the Sun, we see the Sun in front of different constellations d) because of precession

26 During the year, the Sun appears in front of different groups of stars. What are these called? a) circumpolar stars b) circumsolar stars c) the constellations of the zodiac d) the tropical constellations e) solstice stars

27 During the year, the Sun appears in front of different groups of stars. What are these called? a) circumpolar stars b) circumsolar stars c) the constellations of the zodiac d) the tropical constellations e) solstice stars

28 Why are the Moon and planets seen only in the constellations of the zodiac? a) the planets all revolve in the same direction around the Sun b) the planets all orbit in nearly the same plane, and the zodiacal constellations are in that plane c) the constellations in the zodiac are the oldest, and the planets have been known from ancient times d) none of the above

29 Why are the Moon and planets seen only in the constellations of the zodiac? a) the planets all revolve in the same direction around the Sun b) the planets all orbit in nearly the same plane, and the zodiacal constellations are in that plane c) the constellations in the zodiac are the oldest, and the planets have been known from ancient times d) none of the above

30 When might you see the planet Jupiter in the Big Dipper? a) summer b) winter c) only after midnight d) never

31 When might you see the planet Jupiter in the Big Dipper? a) summer b) winter c) only after midnight d) never

32 When is the Sun directly overhead at noon? a) March 21 b) June 21 c) July 21 d) never

33 When is the Sun directly overhead at noon? a) March 21 b) June 21 c) July 21 d) never

34 When it is summer in the United States, in Australia it is a) winter. b) summer. c) spring. d) fall.

35 When it is summer in the United States, in Australia it is a) winter. b) summer. c) spring. d) fall.

36 In summer, in the northern hemisphere, what is the Sun's daily motion? a) rises in the east, sets in the west b) rises north of east, sets south of west c) rises north of east, sets north of west

37 In summer, in the northern hemisphere, what is the Sun's daily motion? a) rises in the east, sets in the west b) rises north of east, sets south of west c) rises north of east, sets north of west

38 What causes the seasons? a) In summer, the entire Earth is closer to the Sun. b) In summer, the tilt of Earth's axis means that one part of Earth is closer to the Sun. c) In summer, the Sun is up for more hours. d) In summer, the Sun climbs higher in the sky so its rays hit the ground more directly. e) C and D

39 What causes the seasons? a) In summer, the entire Earth is closer to the Sun. b) In summer, the tilt of Earth's axis means that one part of Earth is closer to the Sun. c) In summer, the Sun is up for more hours. d) In summer, the Sun climbs higher in the sky so its rays hit the ground more directly. e) C and D

40 If the tilt of Earth's axis to its orbital plane was 40 degrees, instead of 23 ½, but its distance from the Sun remained the same, what would happen to the seasons? a) They wouldn't change much. b) They would become less extreme winter and summer would be more alike. c) They would become more extreme winter colder and summer warmer. d) All of Earth would get colder. e) All of Earth would get warmer.

41 If the tilt of Earth's axis to its orbital plane was 40 degrees, instead of 23 ½, but its distance from the Sun remained the same, what would happen to the seasons? a) They wouldn't change much. b) They would become less extreme winter and summer would be more alike. c) They would become more extreme winter colder and summer warmer. d) All of Earth would get colder. e) All of Earth would get warmer.

42 It takes a pot of soup a few minutes to heat up on a stove. Approximately how long does it take for the Sun to warm up Earth in spring or summer? a) several hours b) about half a day c) about 1 full day d) 2 weeks e) several months

43 It takes a pot of soup a few minutes to heat up on a stove. Approximately how long does it take for the Sun to warm up Earth in spring or summer? a) several hours b) about half a day c) about 1 full day d) 2 weeks e) several months

44 The full moon rises at approximately a) midnight. b) sunset. c) sunrise. d) 9 p.m. e) It rises at different times during the year.

45 The full moon rises at approximately a) midnight. b) sunset. c) sunrise. d) 9 p.m. e) It rises at different times during the year.

46 If you were on the Moon, Earth would a) show no phases. b) show phases the same as the Moon (when it is full Moon it is full Earth, etc.). c) show phases opposite to the Moon (when it is full Moon it is new Earth, etc.). Make a sketch to decide!

47 If you were on the Moon, Earth would a) show no phases. b) show phases the same as the Moon (when it is full Moon it is full Earth, etc.). c) show phases opposite to the Moon (when it is full Moon it is new Earth, etc.). Make a sketch to decide!

48 Suppose that the Moon was a cube, but everything else was the same it kept one side facing Earth as it orbited. What would its phases be like? a) It would not have phases. b) The phases would be just like now. c) The same as now, except square: crescent square, half-square, full square, etc. d) It would only show "new" and "full" phases. Make a sketch to decide!

49 Suppose that the Moon was a cube, but everything else was the same it kept one side facing Earth as it orbited. What would its phases be like? a) It would not have phases. b) The phases would be just like now. c) The same as now, except square: crescent square, half-square, full square, etc. d) It would only show "new" and "full" phases. Make a sketch to decide!

50 Why have more people seen an eclipse of the Moon than an eclipse of the Sun? a) Eclipses of the Sun are much rarer than eclipses of the Moon. b) The shadow of the Moon is smaller than the shadow of Earth. c) Anyone on the night side of Earth can see a total eclipse of the Moon. d) Anyone on the day side of Earth can see a total solar eclipse. e) B and C

51 Why have more people seen an eclipse of the Moon than an eclipse of the Sun? a) Eclipses of the Sun are much rarer than eclipses of the Moon. b) The shadow of the Moon is smaller than the shadow of Earth. c) Anyone on the night side of Earth can see a total eclipse of the Moon. d) Anyone on the day side of Earth can see a total solar eclipse. e) B and C

52 The observation of retrograde motion a) proved that the heliocentric (sun-centered) model is correct. b) proved that the geocentric model is correct. c) could be explained by either the geocentric or heliocentric model.

53 The observation of retrograde motion a) proved that the heliocentric (sun-centered) model is correct. b) proved that the geocentric model is correct. c) could be explained by either the geocentric or heliocentric model.

54 Why didn't the Greek astronomer Hipparchos observe the parallax of stars? a) He believed that Earth didn't move, so there was no parallax. b) He did; he just didn't know what it meant. c) It couldn't be detected without a telescope. d) Not all stars show parallax. e) none of the above

55 Why didn't the Greek astronomer Hipparchos observe the parallax of stars? a) He believed that Earth didn't move, so there was no parallax. b) He did; he just didn't know what it meant. c) It couldn't be detected without a telescope. d) Not all stars show parallax. e) none of the above

56 If our solar system were located at the exact opposite side of the galaxy, would we be able to see the Andromeda Galaxy? a) No, the stars in our galaxy would obscure Andromeda. b) No, Andromeda would then be so far away that its light would be too weak to detect. c) Yes, but we would see the other side of Andromeda. d) Yes, but it would appear in a different constellation. e) Yes, the night sky would appear exactly the same

57 If our solar system were located at the exact opposite side of the galaxy, would we be able to see the Andromeda Galaxy? a) No, the stars in our galaxy would obscure Andromeda. b) No, Andromeda would then be so far away that its light would be too weak to detect. c) Yes, but we would see the other side of Andromeda. d) Yes, but it would appear in a different constellation. e) Yes, the night sky would appear exactly the same

58 What makes the North Star special? a) It was the first star to be cataloged by ancient astronomers. b) It lies close to the north celestial pole and is therefore very useful for navigation. c) It is the brightest star in the entire sky. d) It is the brightest star in the northern sky. e) It is visible from both the northern and southern hemispheres.

59 What makes the North Star special? a) It was the first star to be cataloged by ancient astronomers. b) It lies close to the north celestial pole and is therefore very useful for navigation. c) It is the brightest star in the entire sky. d) It is the brightest star in the northern sky. e) It is visible from both the northern and southern hemispheres.

60 If you had a very fast spaceship, you could travel to the celestial sphere in about a month. a) Yes, and the Voyager spacecraft has already done so. b) Yes, but once such a spacecraft crosses the celestial sphere it can never return. c) No, the celestial sphere is so far away that, even moving at close to the speed of light, it would take tens of thousands of years to reach. d) No, the celestial sphere moves away from us at the speed of light so we can never catch up with it. e) This statement doesn't make sense because the celestial sphere is not a physical object.

61 If you had a very fast spaceship, you could travel to the celestial sphere in about a month. a) Yes, and the Voyager spacecraft has already done so. b) Yes, but once such a spacecraft crosses the celestial sphere it can never return. c) No, the celestial sphere is so far away that, even moving at close to the speed of light, it would take tens of thousands of years to reach. d) No, the celestial sphere moves away from us at the speed of light so we can never catch up with it. e) This statement doesn't make sense because the celestial sphere is not a physical object.

62 I live in the United States, and during my first trip to Argentina I saw many constellations that I'd never seen before. a) Yes, the skies in Argentina are notable for their clarity, therefore you can see many more stars there than in the U.S. b) Yes, Argentina's southern location affords us a different view of the night sky from what is visible in the U.S. c) No, the skies are exactly the same in both Argentina and the U.S. d) No, the constellations are upside down so they appear different but they are actually the same. e) This might be true if the visit occurred in the winter when different constellations are visible than in the summer.

63 I live in the United States, and during my first trip to Argentina I saw many constellations that I'd never seen before. a) Yes, the skies in Argentina are notable for their clarity, therefore you can see many more stars there than in the U.S. b) Yes, Argentina's southern location affords us a different view of the night sky from what is visible in the U.S. c) No, the skies are exactly the same in both Argentina and the U.S. d) No, the constellations are upside down so they appear different but they are actually the same. e) This might be true if the visit occurred in the winter when different constellations are visible than in the summer.

64 Last night I saw Mars move westward through the sky in its apparent retrograde motion. a) Yes, this occurs during certain times of the year when Earth overtakes Mars in its orbit. b) Yes, this is a well studied phenomenon and its explanation proved a challenge to ancient astronomers. c) All planets (and stars) move westward because of Earth's rotation, so this is not unusual. d) No, apparent retrograde motion is only noticeable over many nights, not a single night. e) No, because Mars lies further from the Sun than Earth, it does not undergo retrograde motion.

65 Last night I saw Mars move westward through the sky in its apparent retrograde motion. a) Yes, this occurs during certain times of the year when Earth overtakes Mars in its orbit. b) Yes, this is a well studied phenomenon and its explanation proved a challenge to ancient astronomers. c) All planets (and stars) move westward because of Earth's rotation, so this is not unusual. d) No, apparent retrograde motion is only noticeable over many nights, not a single night. e) No, because Mars lies further from the Sun than Earth, it does not undergo retrograde motion.

66 If Earth's orbit were a perfect circle, we would not have seasons. a) True, because Earth would be at the same distance from the Sun throughout its orbit, there would be no summer or winter. b) True, it is the deviations from a circular orbit that create the seasons. c) False, the seasons are due to the tilt of Earth's axis, not its distance from the Sun. d) False, the poles would still be cooler than the equator and seasonal variations would therefore still exist. e) False, whether circular or not, the seasons depend on the precession of Earth's axis as it orbits the Sun.

67 If Earth's orbit were a perfect circle, we would not have seasons. a) True, because Earth would be at the same distance from the Sun throughout its orbit, there would be no summer or winter. b) True, it is the deviations from a circular orbit that create the seasons. c) False, the seasons are due to the tilt of Earth's axis, not its distance from the Sun. d) False, the poles would still be cooler than the equator and seasonal variations would therefore still exist. e) False, whether circular or not, the seasons depend on the precession of Earth's axis as it orbits the Sun.

68 Because of precession, someday it will be summer everywhere on Earth at the same time. a) Yes, precession will naturally circularize Earth's orbit. b) Yes, precession will eventually reduce Earth's axis tilt. c) Yes, precession will make summers occur at the same time, but in what is now the northern spring and southern fall. d) Yes, but it would take tens of thousands of years, longer than current human history, for this to occur. e) No, precession only changes the direction in which the North Pole points, and has nothing to do with the seasons.

69 Because of precession, someday it will be summer everywhere on Earth at the same time. a) Yes, precession will naturally circularize Earth's orbit. b) Yes, precession will eventually reduce Earth's axis tilt. c) Yes, precession will make summers occur at the same time, but in what is now the northern spring and southern fall. d) Yes, but it would take tens of thousands of years, longer than current human history, for this to occur. e) No, precession only changes the direction in which the North Pole points, and has nothing to do with the seasons.

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