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Compared to the Sun's apparent path on June 21, the Sun's apparent path on December 21 at this location will

a) be shorter, and the noon Sun will be lower in the sky
b) be longer, and the noon Sun will be higher in the sky
c) remain the same length, and the noon Sun will be lower in the sky
d) remain the same length, and the noon Sun will be higher in the sky

How many hours (h) will it take for the apparent position of the Sun to change from point A to point B?

a) 1 h
b) 2 h
c) 3 h
d) 4 h

The spinning of Earth on its axis causes the apparent rising and setting of the
a) Sun, only
b) Sun and the Moon, only
c) Moon and some stars, only
d) Sun, the Moon, and some stars

Which statement best explains why Lyra is visible to an observer in New York State at midnight in July but not visible at midnight in December?

a) Earth spins on its axis.
b) Earth orbits the Sun.
c) Lyra spins on its axis.
d) Lyra orbits Earth.

Which statement best explains the apparent daily motion of the stars around Polaris?
a) The Earth's orbit is an ellipse.
b) The Earth has the shape of an oblate spheroid.
c) The Earth rotates on its axis.
d) The Earth revolves around the Sun.

The change in the apparent position of the Big Dipper between the first day of summer and the first day of winter is best explained by Earth

a) rotating for 12 hours
b) rotating for 1 day
c) revolving for 6 months
d) revolving for 1 year

To a nighttime observer on Earth, how many degrees do the stars appear to move around Polaris in 3 hours?
a) 60°
b) 45°
c) 3°
d) 15º

This instrument was most likely used to measure the

a) distance to a star
b) altitude of a star
c) mass of the Earth
d) mass of the suspended weight

When Earth is located in the orbital position shown, two constellations that are both visible to an observer on Earth at midnight are

a) Libra and Virgo
b) Gemini and Taurus
c) Aquarius and Capricorn
d) Cancer and Sagittarius

At which latitude is the observer located?

a) 90° N
b) 42° N
c) 23.5° N
d) 0°

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