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Fast Facts before doing the quiz (Go straight to the quiz)

The Sun, Earth, our Moon and the planets are spherical.

The Sun is bigger than the Earth. The Moon is smaller than the Earth.

The Sun is not a planet, it is a star.

Earth spins on its own axis once a day (24 hrs)

When our side of the Earth is facing the sun it is light (day) and when it is facing away it is dark (night).

The Earth orbits the Sun once a year (365 days)

The Moon takes 28 days (a month) to orbit the Earth. ( find out more here)

Can you answer the following questions?
Read the questions carefully and then type in your answer.
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1. How many days does it take the Earth to orbit the Sun?


2. What shape is the Earth?


3. What time of day do you get the shortest shadows?


4. In which direction does the Sun set?


5. What force holds the Earth in its orbit around the Sun?


6. The moon orbits the Earth approximately every twenty eight days.
True or False?


7. A solar eclipse is when the Moon blots out the Sun's light to the Earth.
True or False?


8. Is the sun a planet or a star?


9. The Earth spins on its axis once every......


10. The Moon does not give off it's own light.
The Moon shines with light reflected from the ...


11. The sun appears to move across the sky moving from east to west.
What is really happening?


12. In which direction does the Earth rotate?


13. What is the planet that is nearest to the sun called?


14. On a clear day in June, Michael notices that his shadow is long and pointing in a westerly direction. What time of day do you think it could be?

Midday, early morning, mid afternoon or early evening

Explain your answer

How was the shadow formed?


15. True or False?

The Sun orbits the Earth.

The Earth goes round the Sun

The Earth spins on its axis

The Sun is hidden behind the Moon at night

Night is dark because thick clouds cover the sun


16. At what time is the Sun at its highest in the sky?


17. Does the moon have days and nights?


18. What is the object in the centre of our Solar System?


19. What holds the planets in their orbits around the Sun?


20. Where is the Moon in its orbit when we can not see it at all?


21. Why does the Moon appear to change shape as it orbits the Earth?


22. Why do we have day and night?



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