Astronomy current events questions, 5/1-5/7
- Preview of the links students study for their current events quiz for this coming week:
Use/adapt the above links, and questions below for your own purposes in the following week, as long as public dissemination beyond the confines of the Astrolrner@CAE listserv not occur until after 5/7 (when the last of my students have taken their current events quiz).
A possible nova explosion was discovered in the constellation Sagittarius by Russian scientists using:
(A) a digital camera and telephoto lens.
(B) unused detectors from the Large Hadron Collider.
(C) archived photographic slides from the Library of Congress.
(D) Google search software.
(E) ancient Egyptian heiroglyphs.
Southwest Oregon, northern California, and central Nevada will observe an eclipse on May 20 that is annular because:
(A) it occurs on the same date every twenty years.
(B) the moon is too small to completely cover the sun.
(C) it will be visible for nearly the entire day.
(D) this type of eclipse cannot be directly observed with the naked eye.
(E) it is only visible just before sunrise, or just after sunset.
Thin layers in ancient rocks from Australia that contain __________ provides evidence that some 70 large asteroids have impacted Earth 1.8 to 3.8 billion years ago.
(A) moon fragments.
(B) radioactive elements.
(C) cometary ice.
(D) fossils of extinct life forms.
(E) hardened molten droplets.
New observations from NASA's Spitzer space telescope reveal that the Sombrero galaxy is:
(A) entirely composed of dark matter.
(B) the remnant of several simultaneous type II supernovae.
(C) a distant portion of the Milky Way.
(D) much farther away than previously thought.
(E) an elliptical galaxy with an inner thin disk.
Compiled student responses will be posted (publicly) online on my education research blog on 5/7.
Results from previous current events questions below:
Patrick M. Len
Physical Sciences Division, Cuesta College
San Luis Obispo, CA