Quiz: Can You Identify These Types of Celestial Bodies From NASA Pictures?
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Can You Identify These Types of Celestial Bodies From NASA Pictures?
By: Talin Vartanian
Image: Wiki Commons / NASA and European Space Agency [Public domain]

About This Quiz

A wide variety of celestial bodies live in the night sky. Some can be seen with the naked eye, while others live millions of light years away. Other celestial objects are only a few million years old, while others have been around since the beginning of time.

You might be thinking "What's a celestial object?" A celestial object (or celestial body) is basically anything natural that lives in our night sky. This includes galaxies, stars, clouds, gas, asteroids, comets and the planets in our solar system. Even our own planet, Earth, is considered to be a celestial body. Some are also very cold, while other objects are scorching hot, like the Sun. In fact, did you know that the surface temperature of the Sun is 5,778 K? This quiz may also teach you about celestial bodies that you've never heard of, such as M51a, Messier 81 and the Crab Nebula.

Today, we'll take a look at 40 amazing NASA images that showcase the celestial bodies in our night sky. It will be your job to match these images to the name of the celestial object from the answer list. These might include nebulae, galaxies, planets and much more! Take this quiz now to put your astronomy knowledge to the test!

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This planet is 35.98 million miles from the Sun. Can you name it?
2 of 40
Which of these are known as "minor planets?"
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Which of these planets features an orbital period of 225 days (around the Sun)?
4 of 40
Ionized gas allows a ______ _________ to glow.
5 of 40
What is the second-smallest planet in the solar system?
6 of 40
Humans and animals inhabit this planet. Are you familiar with it?
7 of 40
Which of these is one of the oldest galaxies known to man?
8 of 40
The fifth most distant planet from the Sun is...?
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This planet features 14 moons. Can you name it?
10 of 40
This galaxy is shaped like a sombrero. Can you name it?
11 of 40
Which of these planets spins on its side and is the seventh-furthest from the Sun?
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The radius of this planet is actually nine times bigger than the planet we live on. Can you name it?
13 of 40
What is the name of this dwarf planet?
14 of 40
This star has a surface temperature of 5,778 K. Can you name it?
15 of 40
Neil Armstrong landed on the _______ .
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"Outgassing" is a process that is exuded by which of these celestial objects?
17 of 40
These rocky celestial objects are like small asteroids. What's the proper name for them?
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Hydrogen causes this type of celestial body to glow red. Can you name it?
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This type of celestial body consists of small stars that cluster together. What is it?
20 of 40
______ _______ are commonly found in the Milky Way Galaxy.
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This type of nebula is known to reflect light from various stars near it. Can you name it?
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An "absorption nebula" is also known as a _____ _____.
23 of 40
When a star explodes in a supernova, it forms a...?
24 of 40
Which of these celestial bodies are 50 light years in radius?
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Which of these is located in the Orion constellation?
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Which of these celestial bodies is also known as M51a?
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This celestial body is shaped like a ring. Can you name it?
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Which of these celestial bodies contains 250 billion stars?
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Which of these celestial bodies has a magnitude of 8.41?
30 of 40
Edward Pigott discovered which of these celestial objects?
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Which of these is considered to be a dwarf galaxy?
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Which of these celestial objects contains four globular clusters?
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What is the name of this stream within the Virgo Galaxy?
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Which of these celestial objects is shaped like a tadpole?
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Which of these galaxies is named after a well-known astronomer?
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The ______ _______ is made up of interacting galaxies.
37 of 40
Which of these nebulae are located in the Scorpius constellation?
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Which of these celestial bodies looks like an eye?
39 of 40
The Butterfly Nebula is also known as the _____ _____?
40 of 40
Which of these celestial bodies contains 200 billion stars?
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