Thursday has transformed into quiz night for competitive friends and family wishing to stay connected during the coronavirus lockdown. Celebrities, sport and TV shows are all popular quiz choices – but what about space and science?

Express.co.uk space quiz questions:

1) How old is the universe in years? (Plus or minus 1 billion years – bonus point for exact answer.)

2) How many planets are in the Solar System?

3) What is the smallest planet in our solar system?

4) What entity boasts a gravitational pull so powerful even light cannot escape?

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5) Which NASA space flight was the last manned Moon mission?

6) What percent of the solar system’s mass does Sun holds?

7) How long does it take for the Sun’s rays to reach earth?

8) When was the first man made object sent into space?

9) Who was the first person to reach space? (Bonus point for year this was achieved.)

10) Approximately how many stars are in the Andromeda Galaxy?

11) Which direction does the Earth spin?

12) in which year was the first exoplanet discovered?

13) Which year did the Spirit and Opportunity rovers land on Mars?

14) When will Halley’s Comet next be visible from Earth?

15) What is an astronaut employed by the Russian Federal Space Agency called?

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Express.co.uk space quiz answers:

1) 13.8 billion years-old.

2) Eight planets.

3) Mercury.

4) A black hole.

5) Apollo 17.

6) 99.8 percent.

7) Eight minutes.

8) 1957.

9) Yuri Gagarin, in 1961.

10) 1 trillion.

11) From west to east. (The reason why the Sun rises in the east.)

12) 51 Pegasi b was discovered in 1995.

13) 2004.

14) 2061.

15) A cosmonaut.

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