Trivia

Hard

What Is Known Informally As “Our Solar System’s Vacuum Cleaner”?

Jupiter
Haley's Comet
The Oort Cloud
Saturn

Answer: Jupiter

Many astronomers refer to the planet Jupiter as the vacuum cleaner of our Solar System thanks to its enormous gravitational pull and close proximity to the inner Solar System. Its powerful pull snaps up passing comets, asteroids, and other debris from the Oort cloud.

Although the idea of Jupiter as a sort of Solar System guardian who protects planet Earth from lumbering threats like enormous asteroids has a long tradition in the field of Astronomy, a increasing number of astronomers are challenging this view. They maintain that instead of protecting us by siphoning up renegade objects, Jupiter has such a powerful gravitational pull that it actually draws objects off course and into the inner Solar System (and dangerously close to Earth).

Trivia

Hard

What Off-The-Shelf Item Did The United States Air Force Build a Supercomputer From?

Trivia

Easy

The Country With The Most Contiguous Time Zones Is?

Trivia

Hard

Which Cartoon Character Was Recolored At The Urging Of Cartoon Censors?

Trivia

Hard

What Con Was The Precursor To The Modern Nigerian Email Scam?

Trivia

Hard

The Only M*A*S*H Cast Member To Appear In Every Single Episode Was?

Trivia

Easy

In World War II, A Nazi Submarine Was Accidentally Sunk By?

Trivia

Hard

Many Medieval Manuscripts Inexplicably Feature Illuminations Of Knights Fighting?

Trivia

Hard

The Facebook “Like” Button Was Originally Known As?

Trivia

Hard

Which Consumer Product Maintained An Unusually Stable Price For Almost A Century?

Trivia

Hard

Star Wars’ Iconic “Opening Crawl” Text Was Inspired By?