LEH Physics is doing Astronomically Well!
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In January 2020 four LEH students received medals in the British Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad (BAAO), Junior Astro Challenge.  This competition is open to students in Year 10 or below and consists of two twenty-five minute online papers (30 questions per paper).  It is worth noting that many of our students from years below Year 10 attempted the paper, and three of them gave medal winning performances: the future looks bright for LEH Physics!

The papers present an assortment of questions from the history of astronomy, the Solar System, the Moon, observational techniques, diurnal cycles, star patterns, and general astronomical knowledge. Some questions use a process of elimination, some are general knowledge and not likely to be covered in lessons, and some are from the school curriculum. It feels like a quiz rather than an exam.

Catherine (UIVX), Ellie (UIVX), Sanjana (LIVL) all received Bronze Certificates and Temitope (LVQ) achieved an amazing Silver Certificate.

By Mr Brittain - STEM Co-ordinator and teacher of Physics



How would you do in the Junior Astro Challenge?

Here are 10 sample questions (answers at the end):


1. Who first proposed a heliocentric system for the Sun and planets?

2. Which of the planet in the solar system has the highest average temperature?

3. Springs tides tend to occur just after which event:


a) Crescent Moon                            b) First Quarter Moon                   

c) New Moon                                     d) Last Quarter Moon

4. Why can we only ever see roughly 50% of the Moon from Earth?


5. In the evening your shadow is:


a) Longest and points East                            b) Longest and points West

c) Shortest and points East                           d) Shortest and points West


6. Which planet has a huge dark blue spot (in fact a violent storm)?

7. Approximately how many planets do we know exist?


8. Which is the only galaxy beyond the Milky Way to be visible by unaided eye?


9. On an autumn night, which constellation is furthest East?


a) Cygnus                                            b) Libra

c) Scorpio                                            d) Taurus


10. Of the following, who has not walked on the Moon


a) Gene Cernan                                b) Pete Conrad

c) Jim Lovell                                        d) Edgar Mitchell





1.        Aristarcus

2.        Venus

3.        A

4.        The Moon rotates at the same rate as it orbits the Earth

5.        A

6.        Neptune

7.        >4000

8.        A

9.        D

10.     C