Women in Astronomy Quiz
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Ten questions, and the answers are at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!
Women in Astronomy
1. What person holds the current record for discovering the most comets?
Jocelyn Bell Burnell
2. On August 10, 1773, Charles Messier discovered M110, the dwarf galaxy in
Andromeda, but for some unknown reason, he failed to record it in his catalogue. Ten
years after Messier's discovery, what other comet hunter also independently discovered
NGC 205, now better known as M110?
3. In 1992, what did astronomer and scientific researcher Vera Rubin discover about
galaxy NGC 4550 in Virgo?
It contains very few Population II stars
Half the stars in the galaxy's disk are orbiting in one direction and half in the opposite
It is not an E7/S0 lenticular galaxy
It is the same type of galaxy as the Milky Way
One-third of its planets have no moons
4. While studying the Magellanic Clouds, she discovered the period-luminosity
relationship for Cepheid variable stars.
Mary Jane Cepheus
Henrietta Swan Leavitt
5. Sally Ride was the first American woman in space. Who was the first Canadian woman
6. British astrophysicists Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Antony Hewish made this discovery on
November 28, 1967.
Speed of light in a vacuum
The Doors' new album
7. What happened to Svetlana Savitskaya on July 25, 1984?
She became the first woman to drive the Rover on dusty Mars
She became the first woman to walk in space
She discovered radioactive properties of neptunium isotopes
She celebrated her 57th birthday
She discovered the first brown dwarf star.
8. This nuclear physicist was part of the team that discovered nuclear fission. In 1966, she was awarded the Enrico Fermi Award.
Dinah L. Moche
Mary Fairfax Sommerville
9. When did Eileen Collins become the first woman shuttle pilot?
There has never been a woman shuttle pilot
10 What are the only 2 elements named after (non-mythical) women?
silver and gold
curium and meitnerium
burnellium and leavittium
europium and ytterbium
plutonium and uranium
1 Carolyn Shoemaker
2 Caroline Herschel
3 Half the stars in the galaxy's disc are orbiting in one direction and half in the opposite
4 Henrietta Swan Leavitt
5 Roberta Bondar
6 Radio pulsars
7 She became the first woman to walk in space
8 Lise Meitner
9 February. 1995
10 curium and meitnerium