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This is a snapshot of the planetary orbital poles. Credit: Urhixidur.

History of the planets is a lecture presented by the radiation astronomy department.

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Quiz[edit | edit source]


1 Yes or No, If the planets evolved from the same disk that produced the Sun, their orbital poles should align with the Sun's rotational pole to conserve angular momentum.


2 True or False, The classical history period dates from around 2,000 to 1,000 b2k.


3 Before the current era and perhaps before 6,000 b2k which classical planet may have been green?

4 True or False, The early history period dates from around 3,000 to 2,000 b2k.


5 Which of the following are cosmogonical phenomenon associated with the Sun, or solar system?

watery abyss
cold dark matter
unseen mass
Silver age

6 True or False, The ancient history period dates from around 8,000 to 3,000 b2k.


7 Complete the text:

Match up the type of Sun system astrogony with each of the possibilities below:
Babylonian epic story of creation - A
a primordial or first Greek god - B
the primeval chaos - C
creation of heaven and earth - D
Greek god personifying the sky - E
Cronus (Saturn) castrating his father - F
separation of the waters by a firmament

Chaos magno


watery abyss


Enuma Elish


8 True or False, The Holocene starts at ~11,700 b2k and extends to the present.


9 Aphrodite is linked to the Moon through her epithet

10 Complete the text:

The moon was formed independently of the earth and later

, presumably by a


11 True or False, The base of the Neolithic is approximated to 12,200 b2k.


12 True or False, Mercury may have once been a satellite of Jupiter, or possibly of Saturn.


13 Which of the following phenomena are associated with Venus?

separate stars, Phosphorus, the morning star, and Hesperus, the evening star
locally available carving tools
the ionosphere was observed to become elongated downstream, rather like a long-tailed comet, during a rare period of very low density solar outflow
Lucifer, literally "Light-Bringer", and Vesper
currently dormant volcanoes only on the Sun-facing side
a breathable atmosphere

14 True or False, The mesolithic period dates from around 13,000 to 8,500 b2k.


Hypotheses[edit | edit source]

  1. The descriptions of planets in classical literature refer to events in an earlier time.

See also[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

{{Radiation astronomy resources}}