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The GoobNet Solar System Moon Quiz

As you know, Yuri’s Night has completed another hugely successful iteration with well over 300 associated events – even one on Mars.

So, in honour of the Universe, we thought we would give you this opportunity to measure your knowledge of it. This time we are going to concentrate exclusively on our solar system – in particular, the moons in our solar system. These sixteen questions all pertain to objects that can be found somewhere in orbit around a larger object that orbits the Sun. So, play along and determine whether you are a natural on natural satellites.

1. The eight planets of the solar system have a known grand total of:

2. At 1:81, the moon with the largest mass ratio to its primary object is:

3. Discovered in 1610, the four largest moons of Jupiter are collectively known as the:

4. The non-planet with the most known moons is:

5. At 26°8′N, the Apollo landing site furthest from the lunar equator was the Apollo 15 lunar module, named:

6. The shortest name of a moon in the Solar System has a length of:

7. The Martian moons of Phobos and Deimos are named for Greek mythological figures who were twin sons of:

8. Named for a character in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, Perdita is a moon of:

9. Giovanni Cassini, who discovered four of Saturn’s moons, had all of these named for him except:

10. Though the film placed it in orbit around Jupiter, Arthur C Clarke’s original novel 2001: A Space Odyssey placed the alien monolith on the surface of Saturn’s moon:

11. Phobos orbits so close to Mars that it actually outpaces Mars’s rotation, meaning that an observer on the Martian surface would see it rise in the west every:

12. Calypso is a moon of Saturn that shares an orbit with larger moon:

13. All of these are true of Triton, Neptune’s largest moon, except:

14. An object that orbits near the edge of a planet’s ring is often called a:

15. Though it has four moons comparable to or larger than Earth’s Moon, Jupiter’s next largest moon is Amalthea, with a length approximately equal to the distance from Los Angeles, CA, USA to:

16. Of the six main belt asteroids named after Pythons, the one with a moon is:

Error: Answer all sixteen questions

SCORE: /16

To find out which questions you answered correctly, simply change some of your answers and send them in again.

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