Pub quiz questions

  1. What area of South London housed the Royal Observatory until 1948?
    Greenwich

  2. Which English county gained the most tourists to view the 1999 total solar eclipse?
    Cornwall

  3. Which American astronomer gave his name to a telescope launched into space in 1990?
    Edwin Hubble

  4. What simple telescope magnifies the view of distance objects by gathering light on curved mirrors?
    Reflecting telescope

  5. The NASA spacecraft 'Messenger' landed on which planet in 2008?
    Mercury

  6. What name is given to the galaxy closest to us?
    Andromeda (2.5 million LY away)

  7. What astronomical aid takes its name from the Greek words for 'far seeing?'
    Telescope

  8. What do the Americans call the constellation of stars that the UK refers to as "The Plough?"
    The Big Dipper

  9. What simple telescope magnifies the view of distant objects through lenses mounted in a tube and viewed directly through the eyepiece?
    Refracting telescope

  10. What occurs when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction as viewed from earth?
    A solar eclipse