# Astronomy college course/Wikipedia Sidereus Nuncius/Quiz01

## AstroWikipSidereNunc_Study

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### AstroWikipSidereNunc_Study-v1s1

1. The Wikipedia article Sidereus Nuncius suggests that the inventor of the telescope was likely to be

___ a) Galileo
___ b) A Greek scholar
___ c) a Chinese scientist
___ d) a lensmaker
___ e) none of these

2. Galileo called his telescope

___ a) a double magnifying glass
___ b) the magic eye
___ c) the liberator
___ d) an optical cannon
___ e) a mistake

3. The "terminator" for Galileo was

___ a) the most distant star he could see
___ b) his trial for heresy
___ c) sunrise or sunset
___ d) the division between east and west
___ e) the equator

4. Galileo used the terminator to

___ a) compensate for stellar parallax
___ b) correlate color with whether the region had mountains
___ c) observe the wobble of the Moon's orbit
___ d) deduce the color beneath the dust layer
___ e) none of these

5. Galileo used the terminator to

___ a) publicize his ideas
___ b) two of these
___ c) correlate dark and light regions with terrain
___ d) measure the height of mountains
___ e) compensate for stellar parallax

6. What statement is FALSE about Galileo and the Median Stars

___ a) Galileo named them after a famous and wealthy family
___ b) they were described by Aristotle
___ c) they are actually moons
___ d) motion could be observed after observing a moon for just one hour
___ e) they were lined up

7. The title of Galileo's book, Sidereus Nuncius, is often translated as ____, but it is probably more proper to translate it as _______

___ a) the motion of the stars - - the location of the stars
___ b) the motion of the earth - - the location of the earth
___ c) Starry messenger - - Starry message
___ d) the moons of Jupiter
___ e) the Moon close up - - the Moon through a telescope

8. The Wikipedia article, Sidereus Nuncius, points out that what the ancient Greek scientist thought was a cloudy star was really

___ a) many faint stars
___ b) a planetary nebula
___ c) a comet
___ d) the rings of Saturn
___ e) a supernovae remnant

9. Galileo's naming of the "Medicean Stars"

___ a) broke an agreement he made with the Pope to stop writing about astronomy
___ b) might have earned him a promotion
___ c) caused his house arrest
___ d) was controversial because stars were supposed to be named after Roman gods
___ e) two of these are true

10. When the German astronomy Marius provided evidence that he (Marius) had first seen the moons of Jupiter, Galileo

___ a) used his political contacts to ensure that he (Galileo) would get credit
___ b) pointed out that the telescope Marius was using could not have seen the Moons
___ c) appealed to the Pope
___ d) won the argument using his knowledge of calendars
___ e) didn't care; he was a true scientist

11. Prior to the publication of Sidereus Nuncius, the Church

___ a) had outlawed all discussion of the Copernican heliocentric system
___ b) was unaware of any controversy concerning the Copernican heliocentric system
___ c) accepted the Copernican heliocentric system as strictly mathematical and hypothetical
___ d) had given Galileo a commission to look into the Copernican heliocentric system
___ e) none of these are true (according to the Wikipedia permalink to Sidereus Nuncius.)

#### Key to AstroWikipSidereNunc_Study-v1s1

1. The Wikipedia article Sidereus Nuncius suggests that the inventor of the telescope was likely to be

- a) Galileo
- b) A Greek scholar
- c) a Chinese scientist
+ d) a lensmaker
- e) none of these

2. Galileo called his telescope

- a) a double magnifying glass
- b) the magic eye
- c) the liberator
+ d) an optical cannon
- e) a mistake

3. The "terminator" for Galileo was

- a) the most distant star he could see
- b) his trial for heresy
+ c) sunrise or sunset
- d) the division between east and west
- e) the equator

4. Galileo used the terminator to

- a) compensate for stellar parallax
+ b) correlate color with whether the region had mountains
- c) observe the wobble of the Moon's orbit
- d) deduce the color beneath the dust layer
- e) none of these

5. Galileo used the terminator to

- a) publicize his ideas
+ b) two of these
- c) correlate dark and light regions with terrain
- d) measure the height of mountains
- e) compensate for stellar parallax

6. What statement is FALSE about Galileo and the Median Stars

- a) Galileo named them after a famous and wealthy family
+ b) they were described by Aristotle
- c) they are actually moons
- d) motion could be observed after observing a moon for just one hour
- e) they were lined up

7. The title of Galileo's book, Sidereus Nuncius, is often translated as ____, but it is probably more proper to translate it as _______

- a) the motion of the stars - - the location of the stars
- b) the motion of the earth - - the location of the earth
+ c) Starry messenger - - Starry message
- d) the moons of Jupiter
- e) the Moon close up - - the Moon through a telescope

8. The Wikipedia article, Sidereus Nuncius, points out that what the ancient Greek scientist thought was a cloudy star was really

+ a) many faint stars
- b) a planetary nebula
- c) a comet
- d) the rings of Saturn
- e) a supernovae remnant

9. Galileo's naming of the "Medicean Stars"

- a) broke an agreement he made with the Pope to stop writing about astronomy
- b) might have earned him a promotion
- c) caused his house arrest
- d) was controversial because stars were supposed to be named after Roman gods
+ e) two of these are true

10. When the German astronomy Marius provided evidence that he (Marius) had first seen the moons of Jupiter, Galileo

- a) used his political contacts to ensure that he (Galileo) would get credit
- b) pointed out that the telescope Marius was using could not have seen the Moons
- c) appealed to the Pope
+ d) won the argument using his knowledge of calendars
- e) didn't care; he was a true scientist

11. Prior to the publication of Sidereus Nuncius, the Church

- a) had outlawed all discussion of the Copernican heliocentric system
- b) was unaware of any controversy concerning the Copernican heliocentric system
+ c) accepted the Copernican heliocentric system as strictly mathematical and hypothetical
- d) had given Galileo a commission to look into the Copernican heliocentric system
- e) none of these are true (according to the Wikipedia permalink to Sidereus Nuncius.)