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Quiz[edit | edit source]


1 True or False, The Paleolithic extends from the earliest known use of stone tools, probably by hominins such as australopithecines, 2.6 million years ago, to the end of the Pleistocene around 10,000 BP.


2 The first astronomical X-ray source in the constellation Dorado is likely to be which of the following?

the Sun
the Small Magellanic Cloud
Scorpius X-1
the Large Magellanic Cloud
the Crab Nebula

3 Many star names in the earliest Babylonian star catalogues appear in Sumerian suggesting a continuity reaching into the


4 Astronomy phenomena associated with old Babylonian astronomy are

before the First Babylonian Dynasty
the First Babylonian Dynasty
before the Neo-Babylonian Empire
earliest recognition of aperiodic astronomical phenomena
the Enûma Anu Enlil

5 Complete the text:


, have long been known from

Age contexts.

6 Complete the text:

Match up the astrohistory with each of the possibilities below:
probably the world's oldest astronomers - A
long count calendar - B
cliff carvings from 8,000 b2k - C
Nabta playa stone circles - D
Venus alone is not found there - E
Yana river site - F
Egyptian astronomy

Mayan astronomy

Scandinavian astronomy

Chinese astronomy

Hindu astronomy

Australian aboriginal astronomy


7 Complete the text:

Match up the observatory facility with the observatory:
Ondrejov Observatory - A
Okayama Astrophysical Observatory - B
Orbiting Astronomical Observatory - C
Metsähovi Radio Observatory - D
Tortugas Mountain Planetary Observatory - E
Pierre Auger Observatory - F
MetsahoviRadioObservatory 2009 12.jpg

Solar Telescope3, Ondřejov Astronomical.jpg

PierreAugerObservatory DetectorComponents.jpg

Orbiting Astronomical Observatory.jpg

Tortugas Planetary Observatory.jpg

NOAO 188cm telescope.jpg


8 Which of the following is not a Celtic astronomical phenomena?

the planet Mercury
inventor of all the arts

9 True or False, Aristarchus of Samos proposed the hypothesis that the Sun is at rest.


10 Which of the following is not an astrohistorical source?

Comet Venus
the Moon
the Sun

11 Yes or No, You are in the middle of an open field in the northern hemisphere at night. You see a local disc in the heavens flare up like a nova sending vapor towards Earth that may kill millions of people. Do you tell others?


Hypotheses[edit | edit source]

  1. Astrohistory that has been around for more than 3,000 years is often thought of as myth.

See also[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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