The universe is a fascinating place. Everything that we know of exists in this very universe in which we exist.

Of everything in the universe, our Solar System is like a drop of water in the world ocean. We have been taught about this incredible system since our childhood.

We have learned about the planets, the comets, the asteroids that reside in our Solar System. We have telescopes, we have space stations, we have satellites and more that study our Solar System even as we sleep.

So, forget the universe as a whole. The Solar System that we have is an incredible system within which, a lot is happening. Are you aware of those things?

How well have you studied the system in your school? Can you answer these 20 questions Solar System quiz correctly? Let us find out!

Which two of the following planets in our Solar System are rocky planets?

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Mars and Venus are the rocky planets. Jupiter and Neptune are gaseous planets.

Which planet of the following four has not been named after a Roman god?

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Earth is the planet out the four options given, which has not been named after a Roman god. The name of Earth has been derived from the word ‘erda’. The word is an Anglo-Saxon word which means ground or soil. Earth is also the only planet in the whole solar system that is not named after a Roman god.

Why is the surface of Mars red in color?

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The surface of Mars is red in color because of the presence of iron oxide particles on its surface. Iron oxide is also called rust.

How old is Sun and how long will it survive?

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The sun is 4.6 billion years old and will survive for another 5 billion years from now.

What will happen to the Sun when it eventually dies (that is runs out of fusion fuel)?

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When all hydrogen (fusion fuel) gets converted into helium, the Sun will become a Red Giant. Once the Sun reaches or attains its red giant state, it will then start to gradually shrink under its own internal and massive gravitational pull. It will eventually collapse into the size of our Earth while retaining its original mass. It will then be called a white dwarf. Finally, it will cool down and become a dim celestial object known as the black dwarf.

Which is the only planet in our Solar System which has been named after a female?

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Venus is the only planet in our Solar System which has been named after a female. Venus was the Roman goddess of love and beauty.

Which two planets in our Solar System have nearly the same size?

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Earth and Venus have nearly the same size. It is because of this; Venus is often called Earth’s Twin or Earth’s Sister.

Which one is the largest terrestrial planet among the four?

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Earth is the largest terrestrial planet. There are four terrestrial planets or rocky planets. They are the Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. Of these four, Earth is the largest.

Why does Earth look blue when viewed from outer space?

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The Earth looks blue from outer space because of the enormous amounts of water on Earth.

The light from Sun takes 8 minutes and 20 seconds to reach Earth. How much time does the same light takes to reach from Sun’s core to Sun’s surface?

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The light takes 10,000 to 170,000 years to reach from the Sun’s core to the Sun’s surface.

The magnetic field of Jupiter is how many times stronger than the magnetic field of Earth?

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The magnetic field of Jupiter is 20,000 times stronger than the magnetic field of Earth.

How big is the core of the Saturn compared to the core of Earth?

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The core of the Saturn, according to scientific estimates, is 10 to 20 times bigger than our Earth’s core.

Which planet is smaller than Saturn’s moon Titan?

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The planet Mercury is smaller than Titan.

Which planet is the coldest planet in our Solar System?

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Uranus is the coldest planet in our Solar System. The atmospheric temperature of the planet is -224°C.

Hydrogen makes up what percentage of Neptune’s atmosphere?

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80% of the atmosphere of Neptune is made of Hydrogen.

How much time does Pluto take to complete one revolution around the Sun? In other words, how long does Pluto take to orbit the Sun?

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The time taken by Pluto to complete one revolution around the Sun is 248 years.

Rhea and Enceladus are the moons of which planet?

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They are the moons of Saturn.

Saturn is the only planet in our Solar System which has rings around it.

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False! There are in total four planets in our Solar System which have rings. They are Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus.

Venetia Burney – the 11-year-old girl named which celestial object in our Solar System?

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Pluto was named by that little girl. She suggested that the object (then considered as a proper planet) be named after Hades – the Roman god of the underworld. The other name of Hades is Pluto. Venetia actually suggested the name Hades but Pluto was the one that was used.

The mantle of Uranus is made of which of the following:

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The mantle of Uranus is made of all three types of ice – the ammonia ice, the methane ice and water ice.

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