Chapter 14: Solar System Debris
Multiple Choice



1.  

What is the most important defining property of the Trojan asteroids?



2.  

The ingredients of a typical comet's nucleus are



3.  

Which of the following characterizes the Kuiper belt?



4.  

Which of the following names applies to a bright streak produced when a fragment of interplanetary debris plunges through the atmosphere?



5.  

Which of the following statements best characterizes the comet known as Shoemaker-Levy 9?



6.  

What is the significance of the Kirkwood gaps?



7.  

What are the objects known as Gaspra and Ida?



8.  

What is meant by the term "radiant," when applied to meteors?



9.  

Which of the following is not a component of a comet during a close encounter with the Sun?



10.  

The asteroids orbiting between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter



11.  

The asteroids that cross the orbit of Earth belong to a group called the



12.  

Most of the asteroids orbit the Sun in a belt between the orbits of



13.  

Which of the following is not a major feature of a comet?



14.  

The mass of a typical comet is comparable to that of a



15.  

The short-period comets do not have randomly oriented orbits because



16.  

The tail of a comet can consist of



17.  

During a meteor shower, which of the following is not true of the shower meteors?



18.  

The most common type of meteorite to strike Earth is



19.  

The meteorites we see in museums probably did not originate in



20.  

Iron meteorites show a relatively high percentage of

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