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Quizzes and Puzzles Thread
WatsisnameDate: Saturday, 06.07.2013, 01:25 | Message # 1
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We've had some fun random quizzes now and then in the off-topic thread, and I thought we ought to open a thread where everyone can post these sorts of things. If you've got links to internet quizzes, teasers, illusions, or if you've made up your own, here's where you can share them. smile

Here's a quick one to start us off: How many of the following asterisms can you identify? Screenshots taken in Space Engine ~1AU from Sol with 33° FOV, and only catalog objects are shown (and no planets). The constellations in question are centered in the view. They'll start off fairly easy but the last ones I think are probably really tough!






 
Billy_MayesDate: Saturday, 06.07.2013, 01:35 | Message # 2
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I have no idea what those constellations are, since I'm very bad at that.

I however, have a lot of puzzles available. wink





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HarbingerDawnDate: Saturday, 06.07.2013, 02:24 | Message # 3
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1) Cassiopeia
2) Big Dipper
3) Orion
5) Crux
6) Cygnus





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WatsisnameDate: Saturday, 06.07.2013, 06:00 | Message # 4
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Good job! I wasn't sure if anyone would get Crux. smile

Some hints:
In Greek mythology, 4 married with a neighboring constellation after rescuing her from a terrible fate. It is also a source of one of the best annual meteor showers.
7, 8, and 9 are all zodiac signs.
10 is a northern constellation that sounds like footwear.
11 is a southern constellation whose name rhymes with one of the others on this list.

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I however, have a lot of puzzles available.


Looking forward to them!





 
HarbingerDawnDate: Saturday, 06.07.2013, 07:01 | Message # 5
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I wasn't sure if anyone would get Crux

It's the most conspicuous configuration of stars in the sky!





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WatsisnameDate: Saturday, 06.07.2013, 07:39 | Message # 6
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Oh certainly! It's a feature of the southern sky in much the same way that Ursa Major is a feature of the northern, perhaps even more so. Since most of us are in the north though I imagined few would be sufficiently familiar with it.

I usually think of Orion as the most conspicuous one, especially since it is visible from almost everywhere.





 
HarbingerDawnDate: Saturday, 06.07.2013, 09:22 | Message # 7
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I usually think of Orion as the most conspicuous one, especially since it is visible from almost everywhere.

Orion is more conspicuous, but Crux sure stands out, and its compactness and simplicity coupled with its brightness makes it extremely recognizable and memorable. I hope to be able to see it myself someday.





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Billy_MayesDate: Saturday, 06.07.2013, 10:53 | Message # 8
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Well, these might be very simple and easy though.

A man lives in new york. He lives in a skyscraper with a hundred floors.

Every day, he gets into the elevator, goes down to the 1st floor and goes out the front door to work.

Every evening, he returns from work, goes to the elevator, and goes to the 50th floor, and uses the stairs to finish the trip home.

He is not exercing. Why does he do this?





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