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Sample questions/passages for the Astro Olympiad contest as mentioned last week. Six division-level competitions will be held throughout the months of August and September.

The schedule is given below:
1. Barisal- Saturday, 5th of August, 2006.
2. Khulna- Saturday, 12th of August, 2006.
3. Rajshahi- Saturday, 19th of August, 2006.
4. Shyllet- Saturday, 26th of August, 2006.
5. Chittagong- Saturday, 2nd of September, 2006.
6. Dhaka- Saturday, 9th of September, 2006.
Anybody ranging from 14-17 years of age is eligible. Send you r personal details to Bangladesh Astronomical Association, 75, Science Laboratory Road, 3rd floor, (beside Coffee House), Dhaka-1205.
For further information contact Mr. Milon at: 017-111-87-555.

1.Who was the second man to step foot on the surface of the moon?
(a) Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin (b) Neil Armstrong
(c) Alan Shepard (d) Yuri Gagarin
Ans.Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin
2. Other than the Sun, what is the nearest star to the Earth?
(a) Polaris (b) Srius
(c) Proxima Centauri (d) Vega
Ans.Proxima Centauri
3. When Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon and said his famous pre-written line, he missed out an important word. What word was it?
(a) "One small step for A man, one giant leap for mankind."
(b) "One small step for men, one giant leap for mankind."
(c) "One small step for mankind, one giant leap for a man.”
(d) "One small step for mankind, one giant leap for human."
Ans. (He was supposed to say "One small step for A man, one giant leap for mankind")
4. In distance, which planet is sixth furthest from the Sun?
(a) Pluto (b) Saturn
(c) Jupiter (d) Neptune
Ans. Sat

Without any optical aid at all, you can observe a wide range of phenomena in the sky. You can see the large dark areas on the Moon that are now Known to have resulted from large objects crashing into it almost 4 billion years ago. So easy are they to make out that they have given rise to legends about there being a man, or a hare, in the Moon.
You can follow the nightly wanderings of five of the planets, and from one place on Earth or another you can spot the 88 constellations-the traditional star patterns. You can watch certain stars-the variables-alter in brightness over the course of days, weeks, or months. You can see star clusters like the Pleiades in Taurus and gas clouds like the Great Nebula in Orion. If the night is dark, the vast expanse of our own galaxy, the Milky Way, will be visible, winding across the sky, as will three of its neighboring galaxies.
There are also artificial satellites to be seen, and showers of tiny meteors. If you are far enough north or south, you can enjoy the fabulous fireworks display of the northern or southern lights (the aurora borealis and the aurora australis).
Q : 1. Can you observe the night sky without any optical aid?
Q : 2. How long age the impact craters formed on the surface of the Moon?
Q : 3. How many planets can be seen with unaided eye?
Q : 4. How many constellations are there in the sky?
1. ........................ is the biggest galaxy.
Ans.The Andromeda Galaxy.
2................ is the distant planet in our solar system.
Ans. Pluto
3. ................. is the biggest moon in our solar system.
Ans. Ganymede


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