What % Starstuff Are You?

By: Zoe Samuel

What % Starstuff Are You?
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About This Quiz

Stars are huge, burning balls of gas. That's a very simple description. To be a bit more detailed, one could describe them as giant celestial bodies, usually hundreds of thousands of times larger than the Earth, and made up of hydrogen and other gasses that are simple elements. These balls of gas are so massive that the force of gravity crushing them against themselves is enough to ignite nuclear reactions within them, turning these bodies into giant furnaces where atoms are shredded and fused together over and over again. In time, and depending on the gasses and mass of the star in question, stars create elements like oxygen, carbon, neon, or even more complex elements like uranium, or thorium. All the elements found in nature were created in the heart of a star, as were all the atoms in your body, ever.

Stars are the mothers of the universe. Every planet, ever asteroid, even every black hole started out inside star. Stars are where the forces of physics take such a profound turn, they seem to rewrite reality, blurring the line between the laws governing space as we know it, and the erratic, unpredictable behavior of subatomic particles. While you are obviously 100% made of things that once sat inside a star, how much are you like the substance of the stars? How much starstuff are you?

What is your favorite manmade object currently in space?
Voyager
Opportunity rover. I know it's dead and it's on Mars, but I just love it.
Space junk, because I am emotionally 12.
Whatever's making sure I have cell reception, I guess!

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Which star do you like best?
Sirius
Aldebaran
Rigel
Arcturus

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If you were in space and someone suggested a spacewalk, would you go?
Of course!
If I had a buddy with me
If everyone else did it first
Heck, no

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Which type star would you like to visit?
Red dwarf
White giant
Yellow dwarf
Black hole

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Would you ever go to space?
Already did
Obviously
No, that's scary.
Only if it paid

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Do you get vertigo?
Nope
Only underwater
A little
Yes, even in the stairwell

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Have you ever seen a shooting star?
Many
One or two
I think so.
No

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Which is the best meteor shower?
Perseid
Orionids
Leonids
Geminids

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How would you describe the way things end up in a Black Hole?
It eats them.
They fall into it.
It sucks them in.
They are absorbed.

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What is the fastest you've ever traveled?
600mph
500mph
300mph
72mph

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What degree did you get?
Astrophysics
Math
Biology
Vocational
I don't have a degree.

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Did you ever want to be an astronaut?
I'm training now!
Of course, most of my childhood
Only briefly
Nope

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Potassium burns mauve, copper burns green, magnesium burns white, and hydrogen goes "Pop!" Which is most fun?
Hydrogen pop
Magnesium white
Coppery green
Potassium purple

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If you got a hole in your spacesuit, what would you do first?
Patch it
Shut my eyes
Hold my breath
Die horribly, I suppose?

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If you had to live on a planet that is not Earth, which would you like best?
Mars
Venus — if you go high enough up in the atmosphere, it's quite temperate.
Europa, the moon of Jupiter
Pluto

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What do you think is the most ridiculous heavenly body?
Moonmoons, of course. They are the moons of moons.
Asteroids. I mean, what is the point of asteroids?
Nebulas. Make a choice, people — are you a star or aren't you?
Black holes because they sound so stupid.

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Which is the best telescope on the planet's surface?
Gran Telescopio Canarias
Keck 1 and Keck 2
South African Large Telescope
Large Binocular Telescope

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What is the best movie about alien contact?
"Contact"
"E.T."
"Close Encounters of the Third Kind"
"Independence Day"

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Why do you think we have never heard from any aliens?
Fermi Paradox
Dark Forest theory
They probably landed, saw us, and left.
We have. Duh.

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If you met an alien and had a magical translator, what would you ask first?
"What can I do for you?"
"Do you come in peace?"
"How do you breed?"
"Can I have some weapons?"

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What do you tend to feel when you see a starry sky?
Awe and wonder
Peace
Excitement
Chilly

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Which of these is the best gift you can imagine receiving?
Moon rock
Meteor
Ticket to space camp
Ticket to see the shuttle take off

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Which space movie with bad science annoys you the most?
"Starship Troopers"
"Star Wars"
"Interstellar"
I don't like science fiction movies.

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Are wormholes real?
Probably
Obviously
I think so.
I don't know.

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What do you think your other self is doing, in the parallel universe where all your choices were perfect?
Exactly the same things I'm doing
They are a movie star.
They are president.
I don't think parallel universes exist.

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Who is the best astrophysicist?
Albert Einstein, obviously
Henrietta Swan Leavitt
Jocelyn Bell Burnell
That guy Eddie Redmayne played in that movie that time

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Who would you send on the Mars mission just to get rid of them for a few years?
Everyone who doesn't like puppies
My childhood bullies
People who drive cars without muffled engines
Most people, honestly

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What thing that has no "on" switch would you bring to amuse you on a long space voyage?
A massive library of books
Deck of cards
Chessboard
Rubik's Cube

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If you went into space, what seemingly minor thing could your fellow crewmember do that would definitely result in not everyone making it to your destination in one piece?
Waving their "parts" around in zero gravity
Eating a lot of beans then not going someplace private a few hours later
Singing loud, annoying songs
Cracking their knuckles

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If you have a problem, how will you let Houston know?
"Houston, we have a problem."
"Houston, things are looking royally gnarly up here."
"Houston, we are all going to die! Help, Houston!"
"This is Major Tom to Ground Control! I'm stepping through the door ... "

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