Rocks/Rocky objects/Mercury/Quiz

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253 Mathilde is a C-type asteroid measuring about 50 km across, covered in craters half that size. Credit: NEAR Shoemaker.

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Quiz[edit | edit source]


1 True or False, The rocky surface of the planet Mercury can be detected when Mercury is observed using superluminal astronomy.


2 Complete the text:

When imaged in X-rays, the surface on Mercury emits X-ray spectral lines from

, aluminum, sulphur, calcium, titanium, and iron like a


3 Which types of radiation astronomy directly observe the rocky-object surface of Mercury?

meteor astronomy
cosmic-ray astronomy
neutrals astronomy
neutron astronomy
proton astronomy
beta-particle astronomy
electron astronomy
neutrino astronomy
gamma-ray astronomy
X-ray astronomy
optical astronomy
ultraviolet astronomy
visual astronomy
violet astronomy
blue astronomy
cyan astronomy
green astronomy
yellow astronomy
orange astronomy
red astronomy
infrared astronomy
submillimeter astronomy
radio astronomy
radar astronomy
microwave astronomy
superluminal astronomy

4 Complete the text:

Match up the type of silicate with the name:
cyclosilicate - A
inosilicate - B
orthosilicate - C
sorosilicate - D
phyllosilicate - E
tectosilicate - F
structurally isolated double tetrahedra

single chain of tetrahedra

a continuous framework of tetrahedra

a ring of linked tetrahedra

a two-dimensional sheet of tetrahedra

isolated tetrahedra


5 Complete the text:

Match up the object viewed with its image:
Mercury - J
Mars - K
Sun's chromosphere- L
calcite - M
Venus - N
Jupiter's aurora - O
Jupiter - P
Io - Q
Saturn - R
Betelgeuse - S
Mira - T
LAB-1 - U
Messier 101 - V


Mercury Globe-MESSENGER mosaic centered at 0degN-0degE.jpg

Mira the star-by Nasa alt crop.jpg


Aurora Saturn.jpg


Lyman-alpha blob LAB-1.jpg

MAVEN Mars aurora 940x400.jpg

Betelgeuse star hubble-580x580.jpg

Hubble Space Telescope Image of Fragment BDGLNQ12R Impacts.jpg

Calcite LongWaveUV HAGAM.jpg

M101 UIT.gif


6 Mercury is not known historically for which of the following?

being in orbit around the Sun in 10,000 b2k
imaged by the MESSENGER probe
a gas dwarf when viewed in the ultraviolet
only slightly smaller than Mars
may have been called Nabu in human memory
having little or no surface water

7 A terrestrial planet is composed primarily of?

8 True or False, The XRS aboard the MESSENGER spacecraft maps mineral composition.


9 True or False, Optical reflectance studies of Mercury provide evidence for Mg silicates.


10 Which of the following radiation astronomy phenomena are associated with the rocky object Mercury?

apparent impact craters
an excess brightness at or near the edge
the iron XIV line
neutron emission
polar coronal holes
meteor emission
changes in the line-blanketing

11 Meteorites found on Earth may be from which of the following?

the Moon
the asteroid belt

Hypotheses[edit | edit source]

  1. Meteorites should also be coming into Earth from other large rocky objects such as Mercury, asteroids, and the satellites of the gas giants.

See also[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]