@erg010 and @mettelballs1 Dominate the Current Events Quiz


Leaderboard posted on May 28, 2018

5/21 Winners

Current Events:  

Number of correct answers
@erg010 two
@mettleballs1 two
@tiki one
@DadoWorld7 one
@Saloonatic one

Winners who make a contribution in the next 30 days to one of the charities listed on my blog will have their gift matched, up to $100. You can find the list of my charities on the page “Want to Show Support?” pull down menu found on the home page of my blog.


On Monday, May 28, 2018, our Periscope Trivia Contest was about the objects and events in the sky this coming week.  Here are the contest questions. The correct answers are given further below, and the winners are listed above and below. Congrats to all who played. When you get the first correct answer to one of my questions, you are a winner. I usually have between five and ten trivia questions.

To the winners go Eternal Glory, World-wide declaration of their victories (on my blog), and an Opportunity to double their impact of making the world Screen Shot 2018-05-28 at 4.35.12 PMa better place.

You are welcome to join in the hour long fun most Mondays beginning around 8 am eastern time. With Periscope you can watch an earlier trivia game broadcast or participate in the next live “trivia-cast.”   Periscope is a social media app available in the App store.

Trivia Questions

  1. How many days are there between Full Moons? In other words, how long is the “lunar month”?

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The Moon
  1. What is the name of the eclipsing binary star also known as Beta Persei?

  1. “Superior conjunction” happens when what object is between an inferior planet and the Earth?

  1. What planet will be 1.6 degrees south of the Moon on June 1?

  1. In what constellation can we find the planet Mars all June?


  1. Which planet will appear brightest in our sky this week?


            A) Venus

             B)   Mars

             C)   Jupiter






Correct Answers……..Winners:

  1. Twenty nine and a half days…..… @DadoWorld7:  Exactly 29 days 12 hours 44 minutes 2.8 seconds . What’s the difference between a solar day and a sidereal day?

  1. Algol…….. @Saloonatic: An eclipsing binary is two stars in orbit around a common center of mass. Most time we get their combined light, but sometimes one blocks the other and the brightness decreases. The period for Algol is 2.86 days Some other variable stars actually pulsate. Check out “hydrostatic equilibrium.”

  1. The Sun….………@DadoWorld7 Next month Mercury will be in superior conjunction. That means the Sun is between the Earth and Mercury. Inferior conjunction would be when Mercury is between Earth and the Sun.

  1. Saturn…………….@mettleballs1: This should be a very pretty sight. Later in June, Regulus will be close to the Moon,  Why does Saturn have a ring?  Because God liked it and wanted to put a ring on it.

  1. Capricornus……….. @erg010: Can you name all 12 of the zodiac constellations? In correct order?

  1. Venus..…….. @erg010, @tiki, @mettleballs1 Venus is smaller than Jupiter, but it’s a lot closer and covered with white clouds, so it’s no surprise its brighter in our sky next week.                                                                           Venus -3 mag,        Jupiter -2 mag,            Mars -0.9 mag.

Winners: make a contribution in the next 30 days to one of my charities listed and I will match your gift, up to $100. Tell the charity to contact me about your contribution.




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