Monday, 28 December 2015

The Daily Teaser — 28-12-2015: Neptune

Right … 

It is — as far as I’m concerned — the end of Christmas.

Yes, I know we’ve got until Epiphany, on January 5th.

It’s not officially over, until then.

But … ?

I’m having the last of my few days off, today: AND opening the last of my presents.

Yes … tickets to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Don’t say anything: I’d rather not see spoilers!!


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw both Olga* and Debbi† putting in their answers: with both scoring five out of five.

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s Neptunian questions, shall we?

Here they are, allow with the How ToLicense and video … 

Q1) 28th December, 1612, saw the first observations of the planet Neptune.   By which Italian astronomer?
Q2) What did he think Neptune was: a fixed star, a planet or a comet?
Q3) The discovery of Neptune is generally credited to which Frenchman?
Q4) The planet is named after Neptune: the Roman god of what?
Q5) At the time of writing, Neptune has how many known moons?
Q6) What’s the largest of those moons?
Q7) Finally … How long does Neptune take to complete one orbit of the Sun: 164.8 years, 264.8 years or 364.8 years?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 27th December, 1977, saw the original version of Star Wars debut in the UK.   What’s the new Star Wars movie called?
Q2) Eight people were killed, in England’s worst avalanche: on the 27th December, 1836.   The avalanche was in which Sussex town?
A2) Lewes.
Q3) Jana Gana Mana is sung on the 27th December, 1911: for the first time.   Which country’s national anthem is it?
A3) India’s.
Q4) 27th December, 1966, saw the discovery of the Cave of Swallows: in Mexico.   Name either of the species that make up most of the cave’s bird population.
A4) White Collared Swifts or Green Parakeets.
Q5) Finally … 27th December, 1901, saw the birth of comedy actress, Irene Handl.   In which Peter Sellers film did she play Mrs Kite?
I’ll leave you with these words … 
“If the Sun were as tall as a typical front door, the Earth would be the size of a nickel and Neptune would be about as big as a baseball.”

From NASA’s Neptune: An Overview.
And this tune … 

Have a good day!

*        I generally don’t post them up, Olga: I’ve heard the stories, as well!   But, as far as I can tell, it’s a legitimate Fair Use use … if you’ll forgive the over-use of ‘use.’   And yes, as far as I know, the same sort of rules apply to reviews of films and TV shows, as for books.   Copyright rules are bonkers!

†        That is bonkers, Debbi!   Copyright is bloody complicated!   (And, yes, she was good!   River and the 12th Doctor have a very different dynamic, don’t they?   Very different to her and 11.   Oh, did you notice the references to a picnic in Asgard?   Think we’ve got ONE more River Song story to come, but I could be wrong …)

1 comment:

Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) Galileo Galilei
Q2) A fixed star
Q3) Alexis Bouvard
Q4) Of the Sea
Q5) 14
Q6) Triton
Q7) 164.8
Hoping everything goes well. Keep us posted on Star Wars. I've heard good things but haven't been yet.