Trivia Challenge: December issue of “Sky & Telescope” magazine

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.

  1. The cover photo shows the northern sky from a location in the northern IMG_3642hemisphere 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?


  1. In response to a letter, Senior S&T Editor Kelly Beatty quotes someone saying “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” Who was she quoting?



  1. Where could the frozen water found deep in lunar craters come from?


  1. According to Govert Schilling’s article, TMT should be able to see small-scale features on what solar system body?fullsizeoutput_14e9


  1. Name the only constellation in the northern sky with two first magnitude stars?

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  1. In either kilometers or in miles, what will be the exploration range of the spacecraft Insight on the surface of Mars?


  1. The biggest solar system planet will be within one degree from the smallest solar system planet on what morning in December?


  1. From what constellation will meteors radiate on December 14 and 15?


  1. Charles Wood calls what lunar feature the “Ibrium’s Eyebrows”?


  1. Which queenly constellation is the topic of retiring Sue French’s last column?


OK, pencils down.  Let’s trade with a neighbor and check one another. Here are the correct answers and your “neighbor” who got the correct answer on my Periscope broadcast on November 12, from 8:00 am (eastern US) to 9:00.


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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.

Play live on Let’s talk astronomy” 8 am on Mondays.


Correct Answers……..Periscope Winners:

  1. Lapland, Finland………. @speear40: At longitude of 28.2 degrees E.   Lapland, Finland (p. 2)


  1. 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)


  1. Comet impacts…….. @saloonatic: Any water that was ejected into the permanent shadows would stay as ice.   Scientists call these spots “cold traps.” (p. 10)


  1. 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)


  1. Orion ….………@Chjris1205037:   Betelgeuse and Rigel are both first magnitude, and in the constellation of Orion. (p. 28)


  1. zero…………..@speear40: NASA’s spacecraft “Insight landed on Elysium Planitia” just a couple days ago. It will stay in that spot. (p. 38)


  1. 21…………@tinafderosa: On the winter solstice this year, Jupiter will be near Mercury in the early morning sky. (p. 40)


  1. 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)


  1. Mare Frigoris…………..@ No one got this challenge. Arcing just north of Mare HandsT1S020Ibrium,  Frigoris was named “The Sea of Cold” because it is closer to the lunar north pole. (p. 52)




  1. 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.


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