Today we have ten questions, so we will take ten minutes to complete the quiz.
With that in mind, please get out a clean sheet of paper and a No. 2 pencil and prepare for today’s Astronomy Pop Quiz.
If you find a mistake, please let me know. Do your best.
The topic today: December issue of “Sky & Telescope” magazine
You have ten minutes to complete the quiz. Begin now.
- The cover photo shows the northern sky from a location in the northern hemisphere in January, with Polaris mid picture (altitude of 67 degrees above the horizon) almost directly north from Alexandria, Egypt. From where was this image taken?
- In response to a letter, Senior S&T Editor Kelly Beatty quotes someone saying “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” Who was she quoting?
- Where could the frozen water found deep in lunar craters come from?
- According to Govert Schilling’s article, TMT should be able to see small-scale features on what solar system body?
- Name the only constellation in the northern sky with two first magnitude stars?
- In either kilometers or in miles, what will be the exploration range of the spacecraft Insight on the surface of Mars?
- The biggest solar system planet will be within one degree from the smallest solar system planet on what morning in December?
- From what constellation will meteors radiate on December 14 and 15?
- Charles Wood calls what lunar feature the “Ibrium’s Eyebrows”?
- Which queenly constellation is the topic of retiring Sue French’s last column?
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On Monday, December 3, 2018, our Periscope Trivia Contest was about the December 2018 issue of “Sky & Telescope” magazine..
The questions are given above, the correct answers and the winners are given below.
Congratulations to all winners and thank-you to all participants.
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Correct Answers……..Periscope Winners:
- Lapland, Finland………. @speear40: At longitude of 28.2 degrees E. Lapland, Finland (p. 2)
- Carl Sagan…………@Chris1205037: Carl Sagan expressed the desire for more convincing evidence if one is suggesting something out of the ordinary, like alien visitation. (p. 7)
- Comet impacts…….. @saloonatic: Any water that was ejected into the permanent shadows would stay as ice. Scientists call these spots “cold traps.” (p. 10)
- Io……….@SUYOG_22: The Thirty Meter Telescope should be able to resolve small scale features on Io, one of the moons of Jupiter. (p. 20)
- Orion ….………@Chjris1205037: Betelgeuse and Rigel are both first magnitude, and in the constellation of Orion. (p. 28)
- zero…………..@speear40: NASA’s spacecraft “Insight landed on Elysium Planitia” just a couple days ago. It will stay in that spot. (p. 38)
- 21…………@tinafderosa: On the winter solstice this year, Jupiter will be near Mercury in the early morning sky. (p. 40)
- Gemini…………..@SUYOG_22: Meteor showers are traditionally named for the constellation from which the falling stars appear to emanate. Peaking around December 14 and 15, the Geminiids could make a show worth watching. Best viewing is straight up between midnight and sunrise. (p. 48)
- Mare Frigoris…………..@ No one got this challenge. Arcing just north of Mare Ibrium, Frigoris was named “The Sea of Cold” because it is closer to the lunar north pole. (p. 52)
- Cassiopea…………..@SUYOG_22: Thank-you, Susan, for sharing your passion with us all these years. (p. 34)
Thanks goes out to all participants, and Congratulations to everyone who got one right.