Eclipse Quiz

An eclipse is a rarity -- how much do you know about this celestial event?

Quiz

An eclipse is a rarity -- how much do you know about this celestial event?

1. A solar eclipse takes place when:

  • The sun blocks the moon's light from the Earth
  • The moon blocks the sun's light from the Earth
  • Venus or Mars blocks the sun's light from the Earth

2. Where is the best place to view an eclipse?

  • On a hill
  • In a grove
  • Under a canopy

3. What are Baily's beads?

  • The bright parts of the sun that may be seen shining brightly between the high points of the moon's irregular edge
  • The point at which the moon is at its farthest point from the Earth
  • The cone-shaped shadow of the Earth or moon on the sun

4. Which is the safest way to view a solar eclipse?

  • Staring without eye protection at the eclipse
  • Binoculars
  • A pinhole viewer

5. What is the maximum number of eclipses that can occur in any given year?

  • 7
  • 9
  • 12

6. In 1858, Lt. J.M. Gillis set out upon a solar expedition to:

7. Where did the solar eclipse on August 11, 1999, first touch the earth?

  • Sumatra
  • The Bay of Bengal
  • Cornwall, England

8. Approximately how long did the solar eclipse on August 11, 1999,last?

  • 4 hours
  • Less than one hour
  • 2 1/2 hours

9. How many eclipses took place in 1999?

Your Results:

1. A solar eclipse takes place when:
The moon blocks the sun's light from the Earth

2. Where is the best place to view an eclipse?
On a hill

3. What are Baily's beads?
The bright parts of the sun that may be seen shining brightly between the high points of the moon's irregular edge

4. Which is the safest way to view a solar eclipse?
A pinhole viewer

5. What is the maximum number of eclipses that can occur in any given year?
7

6. In 1858, Lt. J.M. Gillis set out upon a solar expedition to:
Peru

7. Where did the solar eclipse on August 11, 1999, first touch the earth?
Cornwall, England

8. Approximately how long did the solar eclipse on August 11, 1999,last?
2 1/2 hours

9. How many eclipses took place in 1999?
4

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