Our Moon

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

Stellar Spectra Quiz

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?

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?

The Milky Way

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

Do you know that stuff is moving around out there?

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 REALLY Know Your February Constellations?

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

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