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What was the name of the man who discovered Neptune with his telescope in 1846?

1 Galileo Galilei

2 William Herschel

3 Johann Galle

4 Edmond Halley

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I'm thinking William Herschel? Only because I've seen doco's on the others and never heard of them being credited with the find. :pipethinker:

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The answer is

Johann Galle discovered Neptune in 1846, the second planet (after Uranus) to be discovered using a telescope.

Cheers Jason :pipethinker:

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Col, it was a slight wobble in the orbit of Uranus that made them start looking for the cause.

Now, Col, I think you'd agree, if you had a slight wobble in Uranus you'd like someone to politely 'take a look at it' too - wouldn't you?

BTW - This was a planet that was the first to be discovered mathematically before it was actually seen!!!

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Heres another

Q: Describe Uranus.

1 A Large and very far from Earth, it is grouped with the giant planets. A bluish-green color. Not even the strongest of telescopes can detect any surface feature.

2 A Large terrestrial planet with a pinkish glow. Many surface features were studied by the early astronomers.

3 That would be a rather personal question, don't you think?

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wakaleo. :welldone:

OK

What was the first year that australian scientists tracked an american satellite by radio?

1 1971

2 1962

3 1958

4 1966

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Sorry guys nice try it was 1958. Woomera scientist tracked americas first ever satellite, explorer 1, In january 1958.

The colour of light is dependent on what ?

1 The speed of the rays

2 What it travels through

3 Its wavelength

4 The source of the light

Cheers Jason :pipethinker:

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Ray & Colin both Rrrr..............Right :welldone:

OK

In which NSW town would you find Australia's largest sun dial ?

1 Jindabyne

2 Inverell

3 Singleton

4 Sydney

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The immediate question to this is why????

But I suppose the World's Largest "fill this spot with whatever you feel like" has to be somewhere in Australia.

Mmmm... I guess number 3.. Singleton?

Cheers Colin

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I'll go with Colin and say Singleton. In fact I'll go so far as to say it's the largest sundial in the Southern Hemisphere. (Aust. Geographic Apr-Jun 07, p10)

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Welldone Colin & wakaleo :thumbsupmate:

The bicentennial gift to singleton is 14.7m across with a height of nearly 8m.

What instrument is used to measure the amount of moisture in the atmosphere?

1 Hygrometer

2 Humidiscope

3 Theodolyte

4 Thermometer

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Hi Phoenix,

Say this is almost starting to be fun...... must be illegal.

I even know the answer to this one it's a Hygrometer.

CHeers Colin

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Hi Phoenix,

Say this is almost starting to be fun...... must be illegal.

I even know the answer to this one it's a Hygrometer.

CHeers Colin

Colin i would have to say you are correct :thumbsupmate:

Hydrometers measure the relative humity of the air, as a percentage of how much can hold at a given temperature.

ok then

Who was the first australian to be a full-time member of the NASA astronaut corps ?

1 Mike colins

2 Andy thomas

3 Charles ulm

4 Alan shepard

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Lets see now -

Alan Shepard and Mike Collins were both part of the orginal NASA corp (Sorry I just finished watching the "Right Stuff").

Charles Ulm (if I rember my boring school years correctly) had something to do with Charles Kingsford-Smith.

So that only leaves Andy Thomas - South Australian if I remeber correctly.

Cheers Colin

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God boy Jason for coming up with this little side-line. Sure beats the heck out of some individuals berating the heck out of others.

Now, C'n I have go???? I love quizzez, OK... let's see ... I fink it might be the lost and forgotten Aussie with oodles of 'Derring Do' Paul Scully-Power. He was Australia's first astronaut and was on the space shuttle 'Challenger' back in 1984.

This is what I fink. Do I win summink?

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