Monkey

Quiz Monkey
What do you want to know?

You are here:

Science
Astronomy
Stars

If you like my website, and/or if you've found it useful, please consider making a small donation to my Just Giving page, which I've set up just for this purpose. To begin with I'm collecting for a charity whose work I have benefitted from myself (and continue to do so): the British Heart Foundation. It would be great to raise £100 in the first month.

If you have already donated ... Thank You!

Astronomy: Stars

This page includes questions about stars, that aren't covered in Brightest Stars.

Number of stars in The Plough (including a triple counted as one) Click to show or hide the answer
Number of constellations that modern astronomers recognise Click to show or hide the answer
Nearest galaxy to ours (2.25 million light years), and the most distant object visible to the naked eye; named after a princess in Greek myth Click to show or hide the answer
The second brightest star, after Sirius: in Carina (the Keel, formerly part of Argo Navis, the ship Argo) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Auriga is the Latin name of the constellation known in English as the Click to show or hide the answer
Pyxis is the Latin name of the constellation known in English as the Click to show or hide the answer
Astronomical object in the constellation Taurus: the result of a supernova that was recorded by the Chinese in the year 1054 AD – visible in daylight for 23 days; named after the creature that it looks a bit like Click to show or hide the answer
The Hubble Classification classifies Click to show or hide the answer
Castor and Pollux (named after the twins from Greek mythology) are the two brightest stars in Click to show or hide the answer
Largest constellation (covers 6.32% of the visible sky) Click to show or hide the answer
The two small galaxies near the southern celestial pole Click to show or hide the answer
Canis major and Canis minor are the hunting dogs of; the Horsehead nebula is in Click to show or hide the answer
The three stars Alnilam, Alnitak and Mintaka – also known as the Three Kings or the Three Sisters – make up Click to show or hide the answer
Merak and Dubhe (in Ursa Major): commonly known as Click to show or hide the answer
Astronomers’ name for the Pole Star or North Star Click to show or hide the answer
Star cluster in the constellation of Taurus, known as the Seven Sisters Click to show or hide the answer
Commonly known in the USA as the Big Dipper, and historically in the UK as Charles's Wain (part of Ursa Major) Click to show or hide the answer
Nearest star to the Sun (not Alpha Centauri) Click to show or hide the answer
Brightest star in Orion; a blue–white supergiant, diameter approx. 50 times that of the Sun; intrinsically the brightest star in the sky, but the 7th brightest as seen from Earth Click to show or hide the answer
The object that scientists believe is a supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way galaxy is in the constellation Click to show or hide the answer
The Dog Star – Alpha Canis Majoris – the brightest star in the sky Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Smallest of the 88 constellations (but one of the brightest) Click to show or hide the answer
Constellation that includes the Crab Nebula (appeared in 1054 AD) and the star cluster known as the Pleiades (a.k.a. the Seven Sisters) Click to show or hide the answer
Mythical animal represented by the constellation Monoceros Click to show or hide the answer
The Plough (commonly known in the USA as the Big Dipper; historically in the UK as Charles's Wain) forms part of Click to show or hide the answer
Cetus is the Latin name of the constellation known in English as the Click to show or hide the answer

© Haydn Thompson 2017