Astronomy current events questions, 11/2-11/8
- Preview of the links students study for their current events quiz for next week:
__________ dwarf planet 2007 OR10 "Snow White" may be evidence that its surface is covered with methane.
(A) Radiation from.
(B) The reddish color of.
(C) Lightning flashes on.
(D) Active cryovolcanoes on.
(E) The weird, football shape of.
Data from dwarf planet Eris passing in front of a star was used to:
(A) measure Eris' diameter.
(B) sample Eris' atmosphere.
(C) analyze Eris' methane content.
(D) estimate the distance to the star.
(E) detect a white dwarf companion to the star.
NASA scientists are planning to use __________ to analyze physical properties of asteroid 2005 YU55 as it passes near Earth.
(A) naked-eye observations from the International Space Station.
(B) old Apollo mission equipment on the moon.
(C) radio waves from Earth-based antennae.
(D) GPS satellite tracking.
(E) a solar-sail spacecraft flyby.
__________ may explain how the first supernova recorded in history occurred.
(A) Infrared images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
(B) Low-energy cosmic ray sensors in space.
(C) Newly discovered ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.
(D) Neutrinos detected in deep underground mines.
(E) A thin iridium-rich sedimentary layer.
Compiled student responses will be posted (publicly) online on my education
research blog on 11/8.
Results from previous current events questions below:
Patrick M. Len
Physical Sciences Division, Cuesta College
San Luis Obispo, CA