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Solar System 4
The Earth spins round on its axis once in 24 hours and it is this that gives us day and night.

Solar System 4

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The principal component of the Solar System is the Sun that contains 99.86 percent of the system's known mass and dominates it gravitationally. The Sun is 1.4 million kilometers wide!

Try this Science quiz on the Solar System - it's out of this world!

The Sun appears to move across the sky from .......
east to west
north to south
south to north
west to east
The Sun does not move, just the planets
In which of the following is GPS (global positioning system) NOT used?
Air travel
Sat Nav
The tv does not need to find its position!
The nearest date to the shortest daylight hours in Britain is .......
1st January
21st March
1st December
21st December
The Earth spins round on its axis .......
once in 12 hours
once in 24 hours
once in 7 days
It doesn't spin round
This gives us day and night
For someone in the Southern hemisphere, the nearest date for midwinter is .......
1st January
1st May
21st June
21st December
Which one of the following is NOT true during summer?
The length of shadows is longer than in winter
The Sun is higher in the sky
There are more hours of daylight than darkness
We are tilted towards the Sun
When the Sun is higher in the sky the shadows are shorter
Which one of the following is FALSE?
The Earth takes 365.25 days to orbit the Sun
The stars appear to move across the sky
The Sun is highest in the sky at midday
The Sun's rays shine over a small area in winter
In summer the Sun's rays are concentrated over a small area, which is why it is warmer
The shape of the path of a planet moving round the Sun is .......
a circle
a curve
a loop
an ellipse
An ellipse is a 'squashed' circle
The Moon completes one orbit of the Earth every .......
28 days
Which of the following is FALSE?
Earth rotates counterclockwise
The Moon appears to change shape
The Moon is a satellite of the Earth
The Moon is luminous
The Moon reflects light from the Sun
Author:  Sue Davison

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