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One of the main differences between the outer and inner planets is __________.
a) the inner planets are all terrestrial (mostly rock)
b) the inner planets are much bigger than the outer planets
c) the outer planets are gas planets except Neptune
d) the outer planets have rings, and the inner planets don't

Where is the asteroid belt found?
a) between Earth and Mars
b) between Uranus and Neptune
c) between Mercury and Venus
d) between Mars and Jupiter

Which of the following provided a hypothesis as to how the universe began?
a) the collision theory
b) the gravitational theory
c) the antimatter theory
d) the big bang theory

Small pieces of rock that enter Earth's atmosphere at speeds of 15 to 70 km/s and burn up are called ____.
a) stars
b) meteors
c) meteorites
d) ateroids

____ are pieces of rock that strike the surface of a moon or planet.
a) meteoroids
b) comets
c) meteors
d) meteorites

The structure of a comet is considered to be like a large, ____, or a mass of frozen ice and rock.
a) solid planet
b) cratered moon
c) dirty snowball
d) none of the above

____ is the third planet from the Sun.
a) Mercury
b) Venus
c) Earth
d) Mars

The order of the inner planets outward from the Sun is ____.
a) Earth, Venus, Mars, and Mercury
b) Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars
c) Mercury, Earth, Venus, and Mars
d) Mars, Venus, Earth, and Mercury

What is apparent magnitude?
a) The brightness of a star
b) A measure of how bright the star would be if all stars were at the same distance from Earth.
c) the measure of how bright a star appears to be to an observer on Earth.
d) How far away the star is from Earth.

List the following in order from largest to smallest: stars, galaxy, planets, universe
a) universe, galaxy, stars, planets
b) stars, galaxy, planets, universe
c) planets, stars, galaxy, universe
d) planets, universe, stars, galaxy

What is the name of the galaxy our solar system is in?
a) the milky cloud
b) the milky way
c) the cloudy way
d) the galaxy

What star is formed after a Planetary Nebula?
a) white dwarf
b) neutron star
c) main sequence star
d) giant/supergiant star

Which of these stages occurred first in the life cycle of our Sun?
a) a main sequence star
b) a red giant
c) a black dwarf
d) a nebula

The coolest stars are _________________ in color.
a) orange
b) red
c) yellow
d) blue/blue-white

Every star begin its life in an area in space called a(n)
a) planetary nebula
b) stellar nebula
c) black hole
d) none of the above

The hottest stars are ________________ in color.
a) red
b) orange
c) yellow
d) blue/blue-white

A Very High Mass star's life ends in
a) a black hole
b) a white dwarf
c) a neutron star
d) a planetary nebula

A LowMass star's life ends in
a) a neutron star
b) a planetary nebula
c) a white dwarf
d) a black hole

A star typically spends 90% of its life as a
a) main-sequence star
b) a protostar
c) a giant/supergiant star
d) a white dwarf star

What is the difference between meteors and comets?
a) Comets are made of frozen ice and rock and meteors are made of rock.
b) Most comets are found outside the solar system, and meteors are found within.
c) Meteors can burn up as they enter a planet's atmosphere and comets rarely enter a planet's atmosphere.
d) all of the above

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