10 most difficult astronomy riddles A list of ten (out of 49) astronomy related questions that are the most often answered incorrectly Astronomy quiz What is the source of the most powerful release of energy in the universe, second in scale only to the Big Bang?Gamma-ray bursts are the brightest in the universe, even brighter than the glare of quasars, second only to the brightness and power of the Big Bang. It is believed that arise during disruption of stars by black holes.very hard 29% supermassive starssupermassive stars5%quasarsquasars20%gamma-ray burstgamma-ray burst29%supernovasupernova44%Created by: Krzysztof Moskal. Statistics based on 1442 answers in 2 languages »stars riddles » What is the most common element (by mass) forming the planet Earth?Iron is most abundant in the Earth's outer and inner core, and it is the fourth most common element in the Earth's crust.very hard 31% carboncarbon27%oxygenoxygen19%ironiron31%siliconsilicon20%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 6027 answers in 2 languages »Earth riddles » This is an iron buoy. Where were its atoms formed?In a high-mass star preceding Sun. Radioactive nickel-56 (which decays to the most common isotope of iron) is the last element to be produced before the collapse of a supernova. That is why the iron was abundantly scattered into space after the supernova explosion.very hard 34% in a high-mass star preceding Sunin a high-mass star preceding Sun34%in the Sunin the Sun8%in the Earth's corein the Earth's core29%in the Earth's crustin the Earth's crust27%Created by: life-o-holic. Statistics based on 9538 answers in 2 languages »elements riddles » What was the exposure time of this photo?About 1 hour. The length of stars trails is pretty much the same as the distance travelled by an hour hand of clock during 30 minutes. But the Earth rotates twice as slow compared to the hour hand of a clock (one rotation per day, while clock's hour hand makes two).very hard 35% about 10 secondsabout 10 seconds18%about 10 minutesabout 10 minutes12%about 1 hourabout 1 hour35%about 8 hoursabout 8 hours33%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 5102 answers in 2 languages »time riddles » Which famous astronomer was also a succesful sportsman?Edwin Hubble. In his younger days he was noted more for his athletic prowess than his intellectual abilities. He won seven first places in a single high school track and field meet in 1906. He also set the state high school record for the high jump in Illinois, and practiced amateur boxing.very hard 37% Galileo GalileiGalileo Galilei21%William HerschelWilliam Herschel13%Edmond HalleyEdmond Halley27%Edwin HubbleEdwin Hubble37%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 5911 answers in 2 languages »scientists riddles » This plaque, carried by Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 space probes, describes the location of the Sun. What are the points at the ends of the lines?Pulsars. Each of the line includes binary encoding of pulsar frequency, so these can be easily recognized. The hydrogen spin-flip transition frequency is used as the unit of time (Hydrogen particle at the top of the image).very hard 37% planets of the Solar Systemplanets of the Solar System31%galaxiesgalaxies15%quasarsquasars15%pulsarspulsars37%Created by: Sophie Letherman. Statistics based on 4856 answers in 4 languages »astronautics riddles » Who first proposed the principle of the heliocentric theory?Aristarchus of Samos, Aristarchos (approx. 320 approx. 250 BC), was the Greek astronomer and mathematician from Alexandria. He believed that the Earth revolves around the Sun, which is the center of the world, and the occurrence of day and night is related to the Earth's rotation around its axis. He also tried to mathematically determine the size of the Sun and the Moon, as well as their distance from Earth. very hard 37% GalileoGalileo27%Nicolaus CopernicusNicolaus Copernicus23%ArchimedesArchimedes11%Aristarchus of SamosAristarchus of Samos37%Created by: Krzysztof Moskal. Statistics based on 2788 answers in 2 languages »ancient history riddles » What is the name of first in history cosmic tourist (astrotourist)?Dennis Tito. Dennis Anthony Tito is an American engineer and multimillionaire, most widely known as the first space tourist to fund his own trip into space. Tito paid a reported $20 million to the Russian Federal Space Agency.very hard 39% Neil Alden ArmstrongNeil Alden Armstrong30%Guy LalibertéGuy Laliberté12%Dennis TitoDennis Tito39%Richard GarriottRichard Garriott18%Created by: Paweł Kołodziejczyk. Statistics based on 3294 answers in 2 languages »space riddles » Which is the only moon with active volcanoes?Lo is a very tiny moon that is enormously influenced by the gravity of Jupiter. The great forces of Jupiter and its other moons exert such long pulls on lo that it deforms continuously from strong internal friction. These tides produce tremendous amount of internal friction, which heats the moon and enables its volcanic activityvery hard 39% Titan Titan 18%GanymedeGanymede25%lolo39%EuropaEuropa16%Created by: ippili_ch. Statistics based on 2100 answers in 2 languages »Solar System riddles » What are the most luminous objects in the universe?Quasars. A quasar is an extremely energetic source of radiation powered by accretion disc around galaxy's central supermassive black hole. Quasars were much more common in the early universe, as all known quasars are extremely distant.hard 40% supergiant starssupergiant stars8%novaenovae4%supernovaesupernovae46%quasarsquasars40%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 6399 answers in 2 languages »light riddles » Play astronomy quiz and see all the questions.