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Test your space news knowledge with these 5 questions

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In January, a team of scientists released “revolutionizing” close-up images of which celestial body?

A. A black hole

B. The sun

C. An asteroid

D. A living cell on Mars

B. The Sun. These pictures could help scientists understand how the star’s magnetic field causes space weather.

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Why was the star Betelgeuse dimming earlier this year?

A. It shed dusty material

B. A planet passed in front of it

C. It was about to explode

D. It orbited too close to a black hole

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A. Dusty material expelled from Betelgeuse obscured our view of it from Earth.

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Astronomers discovered that white dwarfs are the main source of what element essential to life?

A. Carbon

B. Nitrogen

C. Oxygen

D. Arsenic

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A. Carbon. Most of the stars in the universe will become white dwarfs when they die. Right before these white dwarfs collapse, they shoot out a powerful wind that contains carbon.

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Back in February, NASA scientists spent several nail-biting days trying to save which beloved spacecraft?

A. Cassini

B. Curiosity Rover

C. New Horizons

D. Voyager 2

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D. Voyager 2. On January 28, the 43-year-old spacecraft unexpectedly shut down, 11.5 billion miles from Earth. NASA engineers were able to bring the spacecraft back online on February 5.

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While digging through old data from Voyager 2’s rendezvous with Uranus, scientists found what surprising new finding?

A. A new moon they hadn’t observed before

B. Mysterious radio signals

C. A giant magnetic bubble

D. A massive storm on the plant’s surface

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C. A giant magnetic bubble, called a plasmoid. Voyager 2 had flown through a plasmoid on its journey past Uranus. The discovery could help scientists understand how Uranus loses atmospheric material.

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