Sky& Telescope January 2019


How much do you know about astronomy?

Today we have challenging questions about the January 2019 issue of Sky & Telescope.

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

If you find a mistake, please let me know.


The topic today: January 2019 issue of Sky & Telescope magazine


If you know your astronomy stuff you might be able to answer eleven of these questions without reading the magazine. But of course, reading it will probably help.

You have up to fifteen minutes to complete the challenge today.

Begin now. Do your best.

  1. When we have a lunar eclipse, three solar system bodies have lined up. Which body is in the middle?

  1. Scientists in California and New York think they have evidence of something special about exoplanet Kepler-1625, What is so interesting?

  1. What is the name of the newly found solar system object in the inner Oort Cloud?

  1. Within 10 parsecs of Earth there are no Type O or Type B stars. Name one of the four Type A stars within 10 parsecs.

  1. What do we call the small wobble of the Moon that allows us to see Screen shot 2015-10-23 at 5.08.12 PMup to 59% of the surface of our natural satellite?

  1. What luminous blue-white star is setting in the northwest While Sirius is low almost due southwest?

  1. Which planet is the only bright planet in the evening sky this month?

  1. What variable star does Tony Flanders lead us to in “Observing in the Park” on page 62?


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  1. In “Payment Postponed” Gabriella Benardi notes that a German astronomer was the first female professional astronomer.   What’s her name?

  1. In “Focal Point” amateur astronomer Pat Plinkett from Wheeling, West Virginia, admits that he once wore what during a star party?

Extra Credit: Our live participants on my Periscope broadcast (8 am to 9 am eastern us time most Mondays) also voted for their favorite image in the Gallery section of Sky & Telescope.

OK, pencils down. Scroll down for directions for checking your answers.


Please read directions below:

Step 1: Please contribute to one of these charities linked below. If you are a winner and contribute, please ask recipient to notify me of the amount so I might match the first $100.

  1. Michael J. fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

Click on “Get Involved”

  1. Guilford County Animal Shelter

               Look under “Donate to the Animal Shelter.”

  1. Guilford Senior Resources

Look under “You Can Help”

  1. Jo Cline Memorial Endowment

Step 2: Check your written answers to the answers below. If your answer is correct, give it a check mark.

Step 3: If your answer is wrong, put a small X.

Step 4: If you think my answer is questionable, write yourself a note, do the research and let me know if I’ve erred. Thanks in advance,

You are welcome to play with us during the next live broadcast of

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

Periscope is a live video streaming app for Android and iOS available in the App Store.

On Monday, January 7, 2019, our Astronomy Challenge was about January 2o19 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 the Astronomy Challenge live on Periscope’s “ Let’s talk astronomy” 8 am (Eastern US time) on Mondays.


Correct Answers……..Periscope Winners:

  1. Earth………..@Pircano: (cover and page 2)
  2. Possible exo-moon………@Pircano: Apparently has an orbital period of 287 days around its planet. (p. 10)
  3. “The Goblin”…………@ Pircano: (p. 13)
  4. Altair…………#Pircano:                Sirius…………..@Livecast247                  Vega………@Saloonatic    Fomalhaut………..@SkeetchSabatoge: Apparently about 75% of nearby stars are Type M. (p. 36)
  5. Libration…………….@speear40 :   (p. 42)
  6. Vega…………….@speear40 : (p. 45)
  7. Mars………@Saloonatic : (pp. 46-7)
  8. WZ Cas……… no one got this answer : (p. 62)
  9. Christine Kirsch,……….nor this one : 11 years before Caroline Herschel (pp. 68-71)
  10. Sunglasses………. @Pircano: (p. 84)

Live Periscope viewers chose the “Gallery” picture

“Cometary Visitor”

by Gerald Rhemann

as their favorite for this issue.  Nice picture, Gerald!


Live Periscope viewers also indicated that the topic for the Astronomy Challenge on Monday, January 14 will be constellations of the Zodiac.

Thanks goes out to all participants,


Congratulations to everyone who got one right.

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