Test your children’s knowledge of planets, stars, moons, astronauts, the solar system, the galaxy and beyond in our 25 space trivia questions for kids. (Answers below!)
- What is the name of the closest planet to the Sun, which is also the smallest planet in our solar system?
- What is the name of the planet in our solar system that is perfectly designed for human, plant and animal life, and is the only planet with liquid water?
- What is the name of the hottest and brightest planet in our solar system?
- How many planets are there in the solar system?
- What is the name of the famous United States government agency responsible for America’s space program?
- How long does it take for the Earth to rotate?
- True or False: Every day, the sun rises in the east and sets in the west.
- How long does it take for the Earth to complete one orbit around the sun?
- What is the name of the planet that gets its rusty red color from iron in the soil and rocks?
- Launched by Russian scientists on October 4, 1957, what is the name of the first satellite ever sent into space?
- Who was the first person to ever set foot on the moon; Buzz Aldrin or Neil Armstrong?
- What is the name of the place that uses telescopes and other scientific equipment to research space and astronomy?
- What is the name of the force of attraction toward the centre of the earth that causes things to fall to the ground rather than float or fly away?
- What is the name of NASA’s most famous space telescope?
- What is the name of the planet that’s famous for having beautiful rings surrounding it?Ask your kids what they think the rings of Saturn are made of …a question that has baffled astronomers for years.
- True or False: Star constellations seen by someone in the South Pole are different from constellations seen by someone in the North Pole.
- Earth, and our entire solar system, is located in which delicious, chocolate-sounding galaxy?
- What do you call a region of space-time from which there is no light and nothing can escape?
- What year did the very first moon landing occur?
- What crashes into the moon and causes it to have many craters?
- What big event do astronomers believe started the universe?
- The Earth has one natural satellite. What is the name of that satellite?
- True or False: When it’s summertime in Australia, it’s also summertime in New York.
- What is the name of the largest planet in our solar system?
- What is the name of the third planet from the sun?
BONUS: How to Teach the Solar System to Kids
Your young students may find it difficult memorising the planets of our solar system in order. To make easier and more entertaining, here is an effective method of memorizing all nine planets and their location from the sun, all thanks to Tony Buzan and his wonderful book ‘Master Your Memory‘.
“Imagine that you are standing in front of Sun. See it clearly, feel its heat and admire its orange glow. And there is this planet thermometer, filled with that liquid metal that measures temperature: MERCURY.
The Sun heats up and eventually it bursts the thermometer. All you see is that tiny balls of that liquid metal Mercury on the floor.
Next you see is this most beautiful little goddess standing right next to you. What shall we call her? Yes, VENUS.
Then you see Venus playing with this scattered Mercury. Finally manage to pick up one of the Mercury Globules. She throws it in a giant arc way up in the sky. And this lands in your garden with a big thump. Your garden is on planet EARTH.
Because of the big thump, it effected your next-door neighbor who is a little red faced and about to fume up. Who is this God of War? MARS.
Mars is really furious that he is just about to attack you when, striding you on the scene comes a giant. He calms Mars down. He has an initial J on his forehead that stands for JUPITER.
As you look up to Jupiter, he is wearing this T-shirt with the word ‘SUN’ emblazoned in golden letters. Each of this letters stands for the first letter of each of the three big Planets of the Solar System: SATURN, URANUS and NEPTUNE.
Sitting on Jupiter’s head is this barking dog called PLUTO, laughing his little heart out.”
Now whenever your children want to remember the planets, they simply re-run this story in their minds and voila!
Answers to the space trivia quiz:
- One day OR 24 hours
- One year OR 365 days
- Neil Armstrong
- An observatory
- Hubble Space Telescope
- The Milky Way Galaxy
- A black hole
- The Big Bang
- The Moon