Today’s Pop Quiz topic is……………

Good day ladies and gentlemen. Nice to see you here, today.

Please get out a clean sheet of paper and a No. 2 pencil and prepare for today’s Pop Quiz.

The topic today: people written about in “Sky & Telescope” magazine.

The questions today were inspired by the people included in the content from the February 2018 issue thru the July 2018 issue. Some of the answers are names.

There are six questions and you have six minutes to complete the quiz. Please keep your eyes on your own paper.  Begin now.


  1. (Feb. 2018, p. 17) In 1911 Victor Hess detected what high energy particles during a balloon flight?

  1. (May 2018 p. 15) In “The Dark Energy Enigma” we are reminded that some scientists think Hubble should share credit for his calculation of the speed of receding galaxies with who?

  1. (June 2018, p. 11) In an Obituary, who is quoted as saying “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.”

  1. (June 2018 p. 34+) Who first detected that sunspotsHandsT1S019 were magnetic?

  1. (July 2018 p. 29+) Who inspired the likes of H. G. Wells and Edgar Rice Burroughs ?

  1. (July 2018 p. 40) Whose car (a Tesla Roadster) is listed as an example of interplanetary litter?

OK, pencils down. Let’s trade with a neighbor and check one another.

Here are the correct answers from your “neighbor” who got it correct on my live Periscope broadcast on June 18, from 8:00 am (eastern US) to 9:00.

Correct Answers……..Periscope Winners:

  1. Cosmic Rays…..… @TruthtillDeath:  What are cosmic rays?  Where do they come from?

  1. IMG_1689-1George LeMaitre…….. no one got the correct answer:  LeMaitre called his a “cosmic egg” that hatched and from which sprung the universe.  But probably more eloquent than I and certainly not in English.  As a Jesuit, he had the whole “In the beginning…” baggage to deal with.  Einstein dismissed the idea until Hubble made his discoveries.

  1. Stephen Hawking….………@PaulHansenDK:  What a great quote.  Thank-you Dr. Hawking.  

from the Simpsons
  1. George Ellery Hale…………….@TruthtillDeath

                                                              @Cadon1400:  Our judges determined a technical tie, so we have two winners here.  Today we know the sunspots are magnetic, but imagine you didn’t know. What if no one knew? How would go about setting up an experiment to find out?

  1. Percival Lowell.……….. @speear40:   H.G. Welles wrote  The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, and War of the Worlds.  Edgar Rice Burroughs penned Tarzan, and the John Carter stories.  Don’t you love that the first two letters of the word “Pluto” are his initials?  Who has inspired you?

  1. Elon Musk.……….. @PaulHansenDK:  Sad to say, we humans have made a mess.  We should be concerned with all the trash we’ve left in space.  This stuff can be deadly.

How did you do?

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

TOPIC: People in Sky & Telescope

Periscope Winners posted on June 25, 2018

All are welcome to play with us in the next live broadcast of

“Let’s talk astronomy” this coming Monday at 8 am eastern US time on Periscope.

Periscope is a live video streaming app for Android and Screen shot 2015-12-28 at 8.16.26 PMiOS available in the AppStore.

Winners on my live show astronomy-related trivia questions correct will qualify for:

  1. Eternal Glory (yea!) . (the other players were dominated)

  2. International Reknown, (their names are posted here for the world to see) .  and…

          drum roll, please…….

  1. An opportunity to increase your impact on making the world a better place.

How to increase your impact:

  1. be the first to correctly answer a trivia question participating in the live Periscope broadcast.

  2. Make a contribution within 30 days of publication of the Winner Board to one of the charities listed on my blog. 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.

My featured charity for June 2018.

Link here.

  1. Have the charity contact me to tell me the amount of your gift, and I will match it up to $100.

On Monday, June 18, 2018, our Periscope Trivia Contest was about people mentioned in “Sky & Telescope” during the last several months. The questions, the correct answers and the winners are given above. Congratulations to all winners and thank-you to all participants.

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 each Monday.

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 a 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.


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