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1

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

a lensmaker
a Chinese scientist
Galileo
A Greek scholar
none of these

2

Galileo called his telescope

a mistake
a double magnifying glass
the magic eye
the liberator
an optical cannon

3

The "terminator" for Galileo was

the equator
sunrise or sunset
the division between east and west
the most distant star he could see
his trial for heresy

4

Galileo used the terminator to

deduce the color beneath the dust layer
correlate color with whether the region had mountains
compensate for stellar parallax
observe the wobble of the Moon's orbit
none of these

5

Galileo used the terminator to

correlate dark and light regions with terrain
measure the height of mountains
compensate for stellar parallax
publicize his ideas
two of these

6

What statement is FALSE about Galileo and the Median Stars

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

7

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

the motion of the earth - - the location of the earth
Starry messenger - - Starry message
the motion of the stars - - the location of the stars
the Moon close up - - the Moon through a telescope
the moons of Jupiter

8

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

a planetary nebula
a supernovae remnant
the rings of Saturn
a comet
many faint stars

9

Galileo's naming of the "Medicean Stars"

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

10

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

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

11

Prior to the publication of Sidereus Nuncius, the Church

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