These are noctilucent clouds. What does ‘noctilucent’ mean in Latin?

The Quiz: These are noctilucent clouds. What does ‘noctilucent’ mean in Latin?

A See-through
B Night-shining
C Otherworldly

Noctilucent roughly means ‘night-shining,’ an apt name since the clouds are difficult to see during the day. They’re the highest clouds in our sky, about 50 miles up. Formed of icy dust, they can be seen long after the sun has set on Earth’s surface, but while the noctilucent clouds are still in sunlight. They occur only in summer, when that layer of the atmosphere is at its coldest.

The correct answer to this quiz is Night-shining.

New Zealand is the sole home to the critically endangered kākāpō parrot. What is unusual about this bird?

The Quiz: New Zealand is the sole home to the critically endangered kākāpō parrot. What is unusual about this bird?

A It’s very tiny
B It eats meat
C It can’t fly

The world’s only flightless parrot is also the world’s heaviest parrot, with a strict vegetarian diet. And it only comes out at night. Revered by the Māori people in folklore, the Māori hunted the bird for food and feathers. It’s possibly the longest-lived bird species in the world, with some individuals living more than 90 years. Currently, it’s believed fewer than 200 adult kākāpō survive on small islands off the coast of mainland New Zealand that have been cleared of predators.

The correct answer to this quiz is It can’t fly.

It’s not unusual to see dolphins, whales, and penguins during a visit to Milford Sound/Piopiotahi. What animal won’t you see?

The Quiz: It’s not unusual to see dolphins, whales, and penguins during a visit to Milford Sound/Piopiotahi. What animal won’t you see?

A Bats
B Snakes
C Seals

New Zealand is one of several large islands around the world where there have never been native snake populations. The others are Antarctica, Iceland, Ireland, and Newfoundland. There are, however, various species of lizards. New Zealand is so remote that when humans first arrived—probably around 600 or 700 years ago—there were no land mammals on the islands aside from a few species of bats.

The correct answer to this quiz is Snakes.

Jungle Book’ writer Rudyard Kipling once called Milford Sound the eighth wonder of the world. Where can you find it?

The Quiz: Jungle Book’ writer Rudyard Kipling once called Milford Sound the eighth wonder of the world. Where can you find it?

A Congo
B New Zealand
C India

One of about 90 locations in New Zealand to have an official dual name, Milford Sound/Piopiotahi holds significance to the Indigenous Māori people, so the Māori name is joined with the English one. Not only is it tied to an important legend, but early tribes also used the land for hunting and fishing. It was also an important area for collecting precious pounamu stone used for trade, carving, and weaponry.

The correct answer to this quiz is New Zealand.