Space Trivia

The entirety of space is a vast reality and we’re barely scratching the surface of knowledge that’s out there. So any space trivia collection will naturally have a wealth of questions and answers! Check out these space trivia questions, interesting facts, and “for-your-infos” on the known universe.

Space Trivia

Check out some of these trivia on things around space, celestial bodies, stars, and planets that you might not be aware of yet:

  • What’s the highest surface temperature on Mercury? 800 degrees Fahrenheit (430 degrees Celsius)
  • How long is the international space station? 357 feet
  • What’s Jupiter’s largest moon? Ganymede
  • When was the Hubble space telescope launched? April 24, 1990
  • What are Saturn’s rings made of? Pieces of comets, asteroids, or shattered moons
  • What are the terrestrial planets in our solar system? Earth, Mars, Mercury and Venus
  • What’s the closest black hole to our system? Sagittarius A*, which is some 50,000 light-years away.

Space Trivia Questions and Answers

Do you want to know more about the worlds beyond ours? Discover more through these space trivia questions and answers.

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What was the name of the teacher who died in the tragic Space Shuttle Challenger disaster?▶ Christa McAuliffe
What is a meteor called when it reaches earth’s surface?▶ Meteorite
What is the closest star to the planet Earth?▶ The Sun
What is the largest planet in our solar system?▶ Jupiter
How many moons does the planet Venus have?▶ Zero
What is it called when a star, possibly cause by a gravitational collapse, suddenly increases greatly in brightness?▶ Supernova
What is the smallest planet in our solar system?▶ Mercury
In what year did the Apollo 7 human spaceflight take place?▶ 1968
Who was the first human to travel into space?▶ Yuri Gagarin
Our solar system is located in what galaxy?▶ The Milky Way Galaxy
Which is the closest galaxy to the milky way?▶ Andromeda galaxy, about 2.5 million light years away
What does the acronym “NASA” stand for?▶ National Aeronautics and Space Administration
What was the name of the first U.S. space station?▶ Skylab
The first human-made object to land on the moon was launched by what country?▶ The Soviet Union
What is the farthest human-made object from planet Earth?▶ Voyager 1
Who were the first two astronauts that landed on the moon in 1969?▶ Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin
“Mare Tranquillitatis” is the Latin name for what feature found on Earth’s moon?▶ Sea of Tranquility
What is the name for the disc-shaped region of icy bodies that extends from Neptune to about 55 astronomical units from the Sun?▶ The Kuiper Belt
Hale-Bopp is classified as which type of small Solar System body?▶ Comet
Betelgeuse and Rigel are the two giant stars in which constellation?▶ Orion
What is the closest star to our own sun?▶ Proxima Centauri
What is the name for meteoroids that survive entry through the atmosphere and reach Earth’s surface?▶ Meteorites
What was the name of the first manned mission to land on the moon?▶ Apollo 11
What is the name of the cloud made up of icy planetesimals surrounding our solar system?▶ Oort Cloud
What is the only modern rock n’ roll song on the Voyager Spacecrafts’ Golden Records?▶ Johnny B. Goode, by Chuck Berry
Of the original six space shuttles, which one never flew a mission in space?▶ Enterprise
An Astronomical Unit is the mean distance between the center of what two objects?▶ The Sun and Earth
An Astronomical Unit is the average distance between which two objects in our solar system?▶ The Earth and the Sun
What is the most common type of star found in the Milky Way?▶ Red Dwarf Star (Our sun is a Yellow Dwarf)
The red supergiant star Betelgeuse belongs to which constellation?▶ Orion
Which Apollo 11 crew member did not walk on the moon?▶ Michael Collins
The Venera space probes, sent to gather information about Venus, were developed by which country?▶ The Soviet Union (USSR)
Named for the fleet-footed Roman messenger god, which planet has the shortest orbit around the sun?▶ Mercury (87.97 days)
SpaceX, an American aerospace manufacturer was founded in 2002 by which entrepreneur?▶ Elon Musk
Who was the first man to set foot on the moon?▶ Neil Armstrong
What former planet was demoted to a dwarf planet in 2006?▶ Pluto
What was the name of the first manmade satellite that was launched into space in 1957?▶ Sputnik
What three planets are closest to the Sun?▶ Mercury, Venus & Earth
In our solar system which two planets rotate clockwise?▶ Venus & Uranus
What country was the first to send an object to the surface of the moon?▶ The Soviet Union
In what month is the Earth closest to the sun?▶ January
What planet in our solar system has the longest day?▶ Venus (243 Earth days)
How many people have walked on the moon?▶ Twelve
Which planet in our solar system spins the fastest?▶ Jupiter, it rotates once on average in just under 10 hours.
Which planet has the most moons?▶ Jupiter
What is the hottest planet in our solar system?▶ Venus
Who was the last man to walk on the moon?▶ Captain Eugene Cernan
Who was the first NASA austronaut to visit space twice?▶ Gus Grissom
Callisto is the name of a moon orbiting what planet in our solar system?▶ Jupiter
Curiosity is a car-sized rover that was launched by NASA in 2011 to explore which planet?▶ Mars
What planet in our solar system has the most gravity?▶ Jupiter
Which planet is furthest from the sun?▶ Neptune
How many planets in our solar system have moons?▶ Six
Which planet in our solar system has the most oxygen?▶ Earth
What is the unit of length that is approximately 3.26 light-years?▶ Parsec
Ceres is a dwarf planet that lies between the orbits of which two planets in our solar system?▶ Mars & Jupiter
Titan, Enceladus, Mimas & Iapetus are just some of the moons orbiting which planet?▶ Saturn
Which planet in our solar system has an axis that is tilted by 98 degrees?▶ Uranus
SpaceX was founded by what South African-born inventor?▶ Elon Musk
The Great Red Spot is a gigantic storm located on which planet in our solar system?▶ Jupiter
In our solar system which two planets are known as ice giants?▶ Uranus and Neptune
In our solar system, which planet has the shortest day?▶ Jupiter
Which U.S. President made the first telephone call to the moon?▶ Richard Nixon
Able to be seen from outer space, what is Earth’s largest living structure?▶ The Great Barrier Reef
Where did a robot named Spirit remain operational over 2000 sols past its planned 90-sol mission?▶ Mars
Ganymede, the largest moon in our solar system, belongs to which planet?▶ Jupiter
The largest volcano ever discovered in our solar system is located on which planet?▶ Mars
Which is the largest of Mars’ two moons?▶ Phobos
On June 16, 1963, which Soviet cosmonaut became the first woman in space?▶ Valentina Tereshkova

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Tim majored in Humanities with a bachelor in English and Theatre at New York State University. He lectured on entertainment business studies for three years at Plymouth College.

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