Beyond the Big Bang Survey Questions
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Early man in 4000 BC believed the Earth was the center of the universe. What technology did he base this understanding on?
Observations made with his eyes
The ancient Greeks made use of mathematics to estimate the following:
The size of the Milky Way galaxy
The circumference of the earth
The distance to the nearest star
The sun's temperature
The distances to the planets
The Romans named the planets after what?
The days of the week
The months of the calendar
Aristotle in the 4th century BC thought the heavenly bodies rode on what structures?
Bubbles of air
In the ether
What was Ptolemy able to do in the first century AD.
Developed a model to predict the future movement of the planets
Prove that the universe is expanding
Prove that the sun is the center of the universe
Prove that the sun is the center of the solar system
Described the force of gravity
What do Goseck, Stonehenge, and Chichen Itza have in common?
They all are located in ancient Greece.
The were constructed to model the motion of the heavens.
They were used to determine the size of the universe.
They were altars to the sun god.
They were the earliest locations for telescopic observatories.
Ancient astrologers believed what?
The sun is the center of our solar system
The planets are stationary in the night sky
We can predict future behavior of ther natural world based on the motion of the heavens
Astronomy is not believable
The Milky Way galaxy is the center of the universe
Copernicus expoused a theory known as what?
Objects fall at the same rate regardless of mass.
The earth is the center of the solar system
The Big Bang
Theory of Relativity
Upon what did Kepler based his laws?
Observations of the moon
Observations of the planets size
Observations the planets' locations
Observations of the earths rotation
The size of the sun
What process enabled Galileo to prove the Copernican model of the Universe?
Viewing the phases of the Moon.
Viewing the rotation of the Sun
Viewing the phases of Venus
Measuring the length of the a day.
Measuring the rotation of the earth.
How did Issac Newton build upon Kepler's work?
Newton explained how the sun is the center of the solar system.
Newton described the orbit of the earth as an ellipse, not a circle.
Newton described the force of gravity
Newton supported Kepler's notion of the Big Bang
Newton first described the Law of Special Relativity.
In the 1910's Albert Einstein thought what about the size of the universe?
Was not changing
Was shrinking due to gravity
Gettting bigger and smaller as part of a natural cycle of relativity.
Too big to measure
Edwin Hubble discovered what?
The universe is shrinking
The size of the universe is getting bigger at an accelerating rate.
The size of the universe is expanding.
The background radiation from the Big Bang.
The first radio telescope
Who first described the Big Bang theory?
A MIT scientist.
A catholic priest
Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson
In 1965 scientists from Bell laboratories accidentally discovered what?
The background radiation from the Big Bang
There are more galaxies in addition to the Milky Way
The WMAP picture of the early universe
The universe size of the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate.
Dark energy and Dark Matter account for 96% of the universe.
The 2001 WMAP telescope produced an image of the universe that was?
As the universe looked just before the Big Bang.
Bigger than expected.
Smaller than expected.
As the universe looked 380,000 years after the Big Bang
As it looks today
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