LTA Trivia Quiz for Monday, March 26, 2018 (Sorry this report is so late. I had computer problems and have just now recovered. The winners listed on the leaderboard below have their window of opportunity open for a month beginning today.) TOPIC: the Moon The Moon is often the first astronomical object people notice. It’s … More Our Moon
Observing List for April 13, 2018 This Friday night, I’m scheduled to assist at the Public Observing session at Cline Observatory. Here’s a summary of our plan: Gamma Aries – Double Star Constellation: Aries Distance: 1144 ly Separation: 7.6 arcseconds Orbital Period: Over 5,000 years. Info: A bright double star where both stars appear to … More Observing List for Friday Night
LTA Trivia Quiz for Monday, March 19, 2018 . (Sorry this report is almost a month late. I had computer problems and have just now recovered. The winners listed on the leaderboard below have their window of opportunity open for a month beginning today.) TOPIC: Stellar Spectra Absorption lines in the solar spectrum were first … More Stellar Spectra Quiz
And the winner (will be): M-theory! Hawking’s Last Great Prediction? Hawking, Stephen, and Mlodinow, Leonard, The Grand Design Bantam Books, New York: 2010. Very sure of himself, Dr. Stephen Hawking wrote that the M-theory, once it is confirmed by observation, will be acknowledged as the theory of the universe. All we need are those … More And the winner (will be): M theory! Hawking’s Last Great Prediction?
LTA Trivia Quiz for Monday, March 12, 2018 TOPIC: The Milky Way The Milky Way is a band of faint light that stretches across the sky that is, in fact, the light from the stars in our home galaxy. The questions today are about that appearance in our sky, not about our home galaxy. Name … More The Milky Way
The March Sky Trivia Quiz March 5, 2018 On Periscope this morning we had a trivia contest. These are ten questions I made up about the sky in March. How many can you correctly answer? Below are the questions. After that you can find the correct answers and the winners who got them right. … More Huey knows what’s in the sky this month. Congrats!
Movements On Monday, February 26, our Periscope Trivia Contest was about movement in space. Here are the questions. Below are the answers and winners. How many questions can you answer correctly? Questions During retrograde motion, where will a planet rise? Earth’s speed changes as it orbits the Sun. Which of Kepler’s Laws describes this change? … More Do you know that stuff is moving around out there?
Do you Know Your Variable Stars? katimus does! On Monday, February 19, we played a little trivia contest about Variable Stars on Periscope. How many questions would you answer correctly? Answers and winners are listed at the bottom of the page. Name the long-term variable star, with a period of over 11 months, discovered in … More Do You Know Your Variable Stars?
February Constellations Later this month, I will be assisting during the public observing session at Cline Observatory. Here are some questions about the night sky this month. The winners from my Periscope broadcast are listed below. How many could you answer correctly? In 1834 Friedrich Bessel announced this star had a slight wobble to its … More Do You REALLY Know Your February Constellations?
References in the Sky Periscope Trivia Contest On Monday’s Periscope broadcast this week our Trivia contest was about references in the sky. Reference points and Reference lines: the structure we impose on the celestial sphere to describe position and motion. Here are your questions, with the correct answers and winners listed at the end. How … More References in the Sky