Pulsars, Supernova and Demons

How much do you know about astronomy?

Please prepare for today’s Astronomy Challenge.

The topic today: February 2019 issue of Sky & Telescope magazine.

If you know your astronomy stuff you might be able to answer most 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. Spacecraft Bepi Columbo, launched last October, is going on a seven-year voyage, will return to Earth once and go past Venus twice. Before arriving at what planet?

 

  1. U of Michigan scientists have evidence that which two nearby galaxies have collided?

 

 

  1. In his article about the Big Bang, Faye Flan reminds us that the idea of “Inflation” was proposed as an addition to the Big Bang theory by what researcher from M.I.T.?

 

  1. Which solar system moon has a thick atmosphere of 98% nitrogen, like our atmosphere, and 2% methane?

 

 

  1. Which Messier object was the first pulsar associated with a supernova remnant?

 

  1. What variable star has a name that means “head of the demon” (Beta Persei)?

 

 

  1. Sirius is the name of the brightest star in our night sky. What is the name of the second brightest star in the night sky?

 

  1. On the morning of February 9, what planet will appear between Jupiter and Saturn n the sky?

 

 

  1. Variable RS Puppi is the subject of the “Observing” article It’s light curve reveals that RS Puppis is what kind of variable?

 

  1. Sirius B, the Pup, orbits Sirius once every how many years?

 

 

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

https://www.michaeljfox.org/

Click on “Get Involved”

  1. Guilford County Animal Shelter

       http://www.myguilford.com/animal-services/animal-shelter/

Look under “Donate to the Animal Shelter.”

  1. Guilford Senior Resources

http://senior-resources-guilford.org/

Look under “You Can Help”

  1. Jo Cline Memorial Endowment

https://www.gtcc.edu/community-engagement/cline-observatory/support-the-observatory-jo-cline.php

 

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

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

On Monday, February 4, 2019, our Astronomy Challenge was about the February issue of Sky&Tel.

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. Mercury………@ross3838
  2. Large and Small Magelanic Clouds………..@speear40
  3. Alan Guth…………………@DreamweaverPkd
  4. Titan……………………………@lacrosse_guy200
  5. M1, the Crab Nebula…………….@TruRsidentEvil and @speear40:       The visual component is known as the Crab Nebula. The radio source known as Taurus A is associated with the Nebula.
  6. Algol…………………….@TruResidentEvil: appropriate? Thanks for playing.
  7. Canopus…………………..@TruResidentEvil: Three answers in a row!
  8. Venus………………………..@Pircano
  9. Cepheid………………..@Pircano
  10. 1 years…………………………@TruResidentEvil

 

Thanks goes out to all participants,

and

Congratulations to everyone who got one right.

 

If you find a mistake in my post, please let me know.

 


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