ASTR 1P01/02: Introduction to Astronomy I/II
Practice Questions

Please solve the following questions. This is not an assignment, it will not be graded, and you do not need to submit your solutions to anyone. The questions are simply intended to help you practice for the exam.

These questions will not appear in the exam itself. Students who don't genuinely attempt to solve the questions on their own, and only memorize the solutions, will have a very hard time in the actual exam!

These questions are not multiple-choice, to encourage you to think of the answers on your own, but the questions in the actual exam will be multiple-choice.

If you need any clarifications for these questions, you can ask for them on the course Teams channel.

Question 1

If two people live in different cities, do they see the same zenith? What about the horizon? And the celestial sphere?

Question 2

What is the celestial sphere made of?

Question 3

Which points on the sky do the stars rotate around?

Question 4

What causes the stars to appear to rotate? Do the stars actually move?

Question 5

Why does the Sun rise and set?

Question 6

Do all stars rise and set?

Question 7

What phenomenon results from the rotation of the Earth around the Sun? What about the rotation of the earth around its axis?

Question 8

"The Sun follows the same path in the sky every day." True or false?

Question 9

"The axis of rotation of the Earth around itself is in a different direction compared to the axis of rotation of the Earth around the Sun." True or false?

Question 10

The zodiac is a narrow "belt" stretched across the sky. Which celestial bodies can always be found within it?

Question 11

In modern astronomical terminology, what is the difference between a constellation and an asterism?

Question 12

"All the constellations in the sky correspond to zodiac signs." True or false?

Question 13

Will aliens in a different galaxy see the same constellations that we see?

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