A Planet Named George


The planet middle-school teachers hate:


Today we have seven questions, so we will take ten minutes to complete the quiz.


With that in mind, please get out a clean sheet of paper and a No. 2 pencil and prepare for today’s Astronomy Pop Quiz.

If you find a mistake, please let me know. Do your best.


The topic today: Uranus


You have five minutes to complete the quiz. Begin now.

  1. Who is given credit for the discovery of the planet Uranus?


  1. Herschel initially wanted to name the planet George. What George?


  1. It takes Uranus about 84 years to orbit the Sun one time. It is tipped over so the pole lies nearly in the plane of the solar system. Within 5 years, how many years does night last at Uranus’ North Pole?


  1. Uranus is presently on the border of two zodiacal constellations. Name one.


  1. Uranus reaches opposition on October 23, tomorrow. But today, is Uranus moving prograde or retrograde?


  1. If you have a 250 mm telescope or better, what two features might you see on the planet Uranus?


  1. Usually moons are named after mythological characters. (EX: Io in Greek mythology, was a lover of Zeus, (Jupiter to the Romans.) Moons of Uranus have names such as Oberon and Titania. What is the source for the names of the moons of Uranus?



OK, pencils down. Let’s trade with a neighbor and check one another. Here are the correct answers and your “neighbor” who got the correct answer on my Periscope broadcast on October 22, from 8:00 am (eastern US) to 9:00.



On my Periscope broadcast any player who is the first to give the correct answer to a question is a winner. Winners who make a contribution to one of my charities in the next 30 days will have their gift matched by me up to $100. My charities are listed on my blog.     Tell the charity to contact me about your contribution.


Link here to my blog “An Island in the Sea of Mystery.”





You are welcome to play with us during the next live broadcast of

“Let’s talk astronomy” this coming Monday beginning at 8 am eastern US time on Periscope.

Periscope is a live video streaming app for Android and iOS available in the App Store.

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On Monday, October 22, 2018, our Periscope Trivia Contest was about Uranus.

The questions are given above, the correct answers and the winners are given below.

Congratulations to all winners and thank-you to all participants.

Play live on Let’s talk astronomy” 8 am on Mondays.



Correct Answers……..Periscope Winners:

  1. William Herschel………. @MelissaNarcissa:  Herschell’s discovery of Uranus made him famous.   In 1899, he discovered invisible light: infrared.


  1. King George III…………@MelissaNarcissa: The same George III Thomas Jefferson and George Washongton were fighting against in 178i



  1. 42 years…….. @MelissaNarcissa: first time having one viewer win the first three questions.


  1. Pisces……….@SUYOG-22 and Aries………..@MelissaNarcissa:


  1. Retrograde….………@joelschultz   : Retrograde is when a planet moves east to west in relation to the background stars.


  1. Two faint belts…………..@MelissaNarcissa :


  1. Shakespeare…………….@ RayleighScattering : Oberon and Titania are both from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”



Thanks goes out to all participants, and Congratulations to everyone who got one right.


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