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History of Astronomy Basics Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Which of these calendars initially used the concept of 12 months to a year with a leap year added in for good measure?

Question 2 2. Julius Caesar based his calendar's foundations namely on:

Question 3 3. The big dipper is:

Question 4 4. A circumpolar constellation is:

Question 5 5. Copernicus's revolutionary idea was a mathematical explanation of:

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Question 6 6. The Copernican model was:

Question 7 7. One reason the ancient philosophers and astronomers thought the Earth was at the center of the known universe was due to:

Question 8 8. Heliocentrism states that:

Question 9 9. Sunnandaeg refers to:

Question 10 10. The day of the week that kept its Latin and Roman origin is:

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Question 11 11. Which of the following things did Galileo NOT discover with his telescope?

Question 12 12. Why was Galileo persecuted by the Church for his ideas while his contemporary Johannes Kepler was not?

Question 13 13. The Babylonians and Mayans:

Question 14 14. This ancient civilization developed a long count calendar with base 20:

Question 15 15. How did the 16th and 17th centuries contribute to modern astronomy?

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Question 16 16. What is the difference between stellar and solar astronomy?

Question 17 17. Newton's First Law of Motion states:

Question 18 18. Newton's Second Law of Motion states:

Question 19 19. A Geocentric universe has:

Question 20 20. Tycho's true contribution to astronomy was:

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Question 21 21. If a planet's average distance from the sun is 10 AU, what is its orbital period?

Question 22 22. The time it takes a planet to travel around the sun one time is known as the:

Question 23 23. A synodic month is approximately how long?

Question 24 24. The periodic subtraction or addition of a month to rectify the lunar calendar with the seasonal year is known as:

Question 25 25. Who decreed that three leap years should be removed every four hundred years?

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Question 26 26. An asterism is:

Question 27 27. Nicolaus Copernicus was:

Question 28 28. Ptolemy's model of the universe:

Question 29 29. 'Thor's day is equivalent to:

Question 30 30. Identify the part which was NOT involved in Galileo's legendary experiment at the tower of Pisa.

History of Astronomy Basics Chapter Exam Instructions

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