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  • Question 1
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    Q. On the Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the Norman invasion in the year 1066, which comet is shown?
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    Comet McNaught
    Comet Halley
    Comet Hale-Bopp
    Comet 67P/C-G
  • Question 2
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    Q. Which king, in 1066, considered the sighting of a comet as a good omen?
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    King Henry VIII
    King Harold II
    King William I
    King Richard I
  • Question 3
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    Q. Which comet was seen by Phil Plait, in 2007, very near the Sun in broad daylight?
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    Comet McNaught
    Comet Halley
    Comet Hale-Bopp
    Comet 67P/C-G
  • Question 4
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    Q. Unlike asteroids, which are mostly rock, comets are a more balanced mixture of _____
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    metal and ice
    rock and metal
    ice and rock
    rock and minerals
  • Question 5
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    Q. Comets, being composed of frozen gases, rocks, gravel, and dust, are often called _____
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    “dirty snowballs”
    “yellow snowballs,”
    “dusty asteroids”
    “dirty asteroids”
  • Question 6
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    Q. As comets progress through their elliptical orbits, they are heated mostly by _____
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    the Sun
    friction
    internal molten metals
    convection of gases
  • Question 7
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    Q. The process of ice turning directly into a gas is called _____
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    fusion
    convection
    sublimation
    evaporation
  • Question 8
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    Q. In the past, because comets look fuzzy, they’ve been called _____
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    “hairy stars”
    “hairy eyeballs”
    “shooting stars”
    “fuzzy navels”
  • Question 9
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    Q. The solid part of a comet is called the _____
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    core
    kernal
    nucleus
    coma
  • Question 10
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    Q. What is the gaseous cloud around a comet called?
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    aura
    coma
    wisp
    haze
  • Question 11
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    Q. When gas molecules emitted by a comet lose electrons, they are said to be _____ 
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    dissociated
    ionized
    fissioned
    magnetized
  • Question 12
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    Q. The “ion tail”, produced by the solar wind acting on ionized gas, points _____
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    towards the sun
    away from the Sun
    behind the comet in its orbit
    ahead of the comet in its orbit
  • Question 13
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    Q. Which comet appeared incredibly bright and gorgeous in 1997?
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    Comet McNaught
    Comet Halley
    Comet Hale-Bopp
    Comet 67P/C-G
  • Question 14
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    Q. The dust stream from a comet points _____
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    towards the sun
    away from the Sun
    behind the comet in its orbit
    ahead of the comet in its orbit
  • Question 15
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    Q. Short-period comets are defined as comets with an orbital period less than _____
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    2 years
    20 years
    200 years
    2,000 years
  • Question 16
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    Q. Comets that take a path directly into the sun are called _____
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    sun catchers
    self-destructors
    kamikaze comets
    sundivers
  • Question 17
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    Q. What was the first spacecraft to successfully get pictures of the nucleus of a comet?
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    NASA's Voyager 1 probe
    the American probe Viking 1
    the Soviet mission Vega 1
    the American mission Apollo 11
  • Question 18
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    Q. In the detailed photos of Comet Halley, what percentage of light was reflected from the nucleus?
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    4%
    16%
    40%
    60%
  • Question 19
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    Q. Which word best describes the surface of comets?
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    inhomogeneous
    unharmonious
    homogeneous
    harmonious
  • Question 20
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    Q. Which European mission studied a young comet that looked like a "cosmic rubber ducky"?
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    XMM-Newton
    Rosetta
    Huygens
    Gaia
  • Question 21
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    Q. What happened to Philae, the lander sent down by Rosetta?
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    it bounced off the surface
    it skidded along the surface
    it sank into the surface
    it gently landed on the surface
  • Question 22
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    Q. In 2004, what complex molecules were detected in the coma of comet Wild 2?
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    carbohydrates
    fatty acids
    proteins
    amino acids
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