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Science Quiz Finals - Astronomy Round

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1. Once in a blue moon is something that happens very rarely. On an average, there will be 41 blue moons in one century or once every 2.5 years. What is a 'blue moon'?

2. In ancient Egypt, this star was revered as ‘the Nile Star’ or ‘Star of Isis’. Its annual appearance just before dawn at the summer solstice announced the flooding of the Nile, upon which Egyptian agriculture depended. It was referred as Orion’s Dog. Virgil in the Aeneid writes of the Dog Star, that burning constellation, when he brings drought and diseases on sickly mortals, rises and saddens the sky with inauspicious light. ‘ The scorching heat of July and August was attributed to the dire influence of the blazing star, bringing forth fever in people and madness in dogs. What star?

3 English astronomer John Goodricke in 1784. All stars of this class discovered later were named after this star. The Pole Star is the brightest star belonging to this class. In 1912, Henrietta Swan Leavitt unlocked the door to measuring distance in the universe using these stars, while she was studying these class of stars of the Magellanic Clouds. What kind of stars are we talking about?

4. For his first voyage, The French government gave Captain Cook the permission to pass through its territories in the East, although the British were their rivals. Why?

5. In 1846, Frederic Petit, director of the Toulouse observatory discovered it. Jules Verne refers to it in From the Earth to the Moon as a small object passing close to the travelers’ space capsule, causing the capsule to treble around the moon rather than crashing it. It was named Liliath by British astrologer Sepharial in 1918. What is this Liliath?

6. What planet's Sanskrit name means 'Slow moving'?

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