Quarter of Americans convinced sun revolves around Earth, survey finds

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February 17, 2014 8:11:45 AM PST
"Does the Earth go around the sun, or does the sun go around the Earth?"

If you answered the latter, you're among a quarter of Americans who also got it wrong, according to a new report by the National Science Foundation.

A survey of 2,200 people that was released Friday revealed some alarming truths about the state of science education across the country, with many failing to an answer even the most basic astronomy and science questions.

Out of nine questions in the survey, participants scored an average 6.5.

Only 39 percent answered correctly with "true" when asked if "The universe began with a huge explosion," while only 48 percent knew that "Human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals," according to the statement.

Here's the thing, though: According to Time, Americans fared better than Europeans who took similar quizzes -- at least when it came to the sun/Earth question. Only 66 percent of European Union residents answered that one correctly.

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