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DSST Astronomy

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1. The period between successive new moons (29.531 days).

2. The apparent displacement of an object as seen from two different points that are not on a line with the object.

3. The large - outer planets made of gas - Jupiter - Saturn - Uranus - & Neptune. These all have large moons and rings.

4. A change in the apparent frequency of a wave - as observer and source move toward or away from each other.

5. A relatively small extraterrestrial body consisting of a frozen mass that travels around the Sun in a highly elliptical orbit.

6. Stage in which a star has used up its helium and its outer layers escape into space - leaving behind a hot - dense core that contracts.

7. The older - redder stars that populate a galaxy's hale and bulge. Low metallicity.

8. 'Failed' star; a star not massive enough to sustain nuclear fusion.

9. The portion of the Milky Way in which our solar system resides.

10. Polish astronomer who produced a workable heliocentric model of the solar system.

11. A streak of light in the night sky that results when a meteoroid hits the earth's atmosphere - and air friction causes the meteoroid to melt or vaporize or explode.

12. Either of the two times of the year when the Sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.

13. The younger stars - some of which are blue - that populate a galaxy's disk - especially its spiral arms. High in heavy metals.

14. A type of pulsating variable star that changes brightness in a regular and predicable manner - making it a useful 'standard candle' for learning absolute magnitudes.

15. Depressions that form when a volcano collapses - as opposed to craters formed by meteoroid impact.

16. The distance that light travels in one year; about 9.46 trillion kilometers.

17. 1. If no forces act on a body - its speed and direction of motion stay constant (an object in motion stays in motion - an object at rest stays at rest). 2. Force=mass x acceleration (F=ma). 3. When two bodies interact - they exert equal and opposite

18. The speed of light in meters per second. It is also 300 -000 kilometers per second and 186 -000 miles per second.

19. A cluster of stars (or a small constellation).

20. The most precise measurement of Earth's rotation time.

21. Italian astronomer and mathematician who was the first to use a telescope to study the stars.

22. A pair of stars held together by their mutual gravity and in orbit about each other which can be seen with a telescope as separate objects.

23. Areas on the sun's surface that are cooler and less bright than surrounding areas - are caused by the sun's magnetic field - and occur in cycles.

24. The small - dense remains of a high-mass star after a supernova.

25. Also called nuclear bulge - this is a swelling at the center of spiral galaxies. Bulges consist of old stars and extend out a few thousand light-years from the galactic centers.

26. An orbit that is backward or contrary to the orbital direction of the other planets.

27. A shift in the lines of an object's spectrum toward the red end. It indicates that an object is moving away from the observer. The larger it is - the faster the object is moving.

28. An immense cloud of gas (mainly hydrogen) and dust in interstellar space.

29. The dark lines in a spectrum where light of particular wavelengths has been absorbed.

30. A narrow - bright region of the spectrum - produced when electrons in atoms jump from one energy level to a lower energy level.

31. The name given to the four inner planets: Mercury - Venus - Earth - and Mars. Mercury and Venus lack moons.

32. The plane of the Earth's orbit around the Sun.

33. A rapidly rotating neutron star which emits radiation in magnetic pulses.

34. Very bright - often giant - elliptical galaxy type that emits as much or more energy in the form of radio wavelengths as it does wavelengths of visible light.

35. Large - hot - bright star late in the main sequence - having exhausted its hydrogen fuel. Its name comes from its color and size.

36. Large - dense groupings of older stars held together by mutual gravitational attraction - which is what keeps them together longer than open clusters.

37. Short for 'quasi-stellar radio source -' a bright - point-like object that produces the luminosity of 100 to 1 -000 galaxies within a region the size of a solar system.

38. Type of active galaxy whose emissions come from a very small region within the nucleus of an otherwise normal-looking spiral system.

39. Energy that is radiated or transmitted in the form of rays or waves or particles.

40. Either of the two celestial points at which the celestial equator intersects the ecliptic plane.

41. A star that expands and cools once it runs out of hydrogen fuel.

42. Arrangement of electromagnetic radiation--including radio waves - visible light - gamma rays - X-rays - ultraviolet waves - infrared waves - and microwaves--according to their wavelengths.