European Science & Technology Week 2004Visit the websites of the VT-2004 organisers
European Southern Observatory (ESO)European Association for Astronomy Education (EAAE) Observatoire de ParisInstitut de Mécanique Céleste et de Calcul des Éphémérides (IMCCE)Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

The Venus Transit 2004

... the Quiz!

Are you familiar with the Venus Transit ? Why don't you test your knowledge in this quiz....

All answers can be found in the VT-2004 Brief InfoSheets at this website.

Once you are through, click at the "Final Score" button at the end of this page and see your score and the correct answers. Good luck!

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1. Where did Captain Cook travel to observe a Venus Transit ?


2. Who were the first astronomers to observe a Venus Transit ?

Edmund Halley and Isaac Newton
Edwin Hubble and Fred Hoyle
Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree
Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler

3. How many (Earth) days does it take Venus to orbit the Sun ?

365 days
225 days
82 days
243 days

4. What is the value of the Astronomical Unit (the distance from the Earth to the Sun)?

384 000 km
149 597 870 691 m
6 378 km
1 m

5. To what precision should you preferably record your timing measurements of the Venus Transit?

1 second
1 minute
1 hour
0.1 second

6. In which year did the last Venus Transit occur ?


7. What is the temperature on the surface of Venus ?


8. Which is the main constituent of Venus' atmosphere ?

Nitrogen (N 2 )
Hydrogen (H 2 )
Carbon Dioxide (CO 2 )
Oxygen (O 2 )

9. In which year did a spacecraft first pass by Venus ?


10. What is the photosphere ?

A ball to take pictures
Part of the atmosphere of Venus
A device to measure light
The visible "surface" of the Sun

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