Astronomy Challenge from Sky & Tel

How much do you know about astronomy?

Today we have challenging questions inspired by the content of the May 2019 issue of Sky & Telescope magazine.

I created nine questions that could be answered without reading the articles in this issue but reading it might help.

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

Begin now. Do your best.

ASTRONOMY CHALLENGE

  1. Name the spacecraft with the planetary camera dedicated to outreach and is returning great images of Jupiter?            (page 4)

  1. What part of Jupiter was the specific target of Juno’s unusual orbit? (15)

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    It takes Juno 53 days to make one orbit of Jupiter.   During a close flyby Juno comes in over the north pole and sails to the south pole. How long does Juno take to go from north pole to south pole?

  1. What star was the first true physical binary to be recognized?

  1. Name the star that’s the largest apparent diameter in our sky, has a radius of possible 5 AU,   ninth brightest star in our night sky, within 600 light years from Earth, is fusing helium in it’s core and has a name you might not want to say three times. (35+)

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  1. (46) What planet will be setting tonight (May 6) with Aldebaran and the Moon?

  1. Included on lists of planets in the early 19th century, what object was discovered on January 1, 1801 and is now coming into great viewing position? (48)

  1. The Eta Aquarid Meteor shower peaked the morning of May 6. Did you see any? From what constellation do the meteors of this shower appear to radiate and what comet is the probable source?

  1. (50-52) Name the four Galilean moons of Jupiter in order of distance from Jupiter? (53)

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

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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.

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On Monday, May 6, 2019, our Astronomy Challenge was inspired by the May 2019 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.  Name the spacecraft with the planetary camera dedicated to outreach and is returning great image of Jupiter?        (page 4)

ANSWER: Juno

WINNER: @absser     With “Juno-cam,” the Juno spacecraft is returning many images requested by amateur astronomers. Editor in chief peter Tyson is excited about the man returns.  To see examples and participate go to:

https://is.gd/junocamprocessing

2.  What part of Jupiter was the specific target of Juno’s unusual orbit? (15)

ANSWER Jupiter’s polar regions.

WINNER: stevieray1986

3.  It takes Juno 53 days to make one orbit of Jupiter.   During a close flyby Juno comes in over the north pole and sails to the south pole. How long does Juno take to go from north pole to south pole?

ANSWER     two hours

WINNER: @tpsupervisor

4.  What star was the first true physical binary to be recognized?

ANSWER: Castor in Gemini

WINNER: @tpsupervisor and @Jaan279   William Herschel studied that star and many others and presented paper to the Royal Society in London, and Castor became the first object outside the solar system in which gravity was operating. (23) In “Binary Orbits Explored” by Phillip Kane.

5.  Name the star that’s the largest apparent diameter in our sky, has a radius of possible 5 AU,   ninth brightest star in our night sky, within 600 light years from Earth, is fusing helium in it’s core and has a name you might not want to say three times. (35+)

ANSWER: Betelgeuse

WINNER: @stevieray1986 Also known as alpha Orionis, the name was borrowed in a title role for Michael Keaton. Peter Tyson sets up the many tales of mystery surrounding this star, including the uncertainty of when it will supernova.

6.  (46) What planet will be setting tonight (May 6) with Aldebaran and the Moon?

ANSWER: Mars

WINNER: @EagleSoarsUSA   Mercury won’t be visible in the evening sky until later this month.

7.  Included on lists of planets in the early 19th century, what object was discovered on January 1, 1801 and is now coming into great viewing position? (48)

ANSWER: Ceres

WINNER: @ross3838 During the months of May and June, this king of the asteroids will be skimming they the constellations Ophiuchus (thru May 29) and Sorpius (thru June 19.)

8.  The Eta Aquarid Meteor shower peaked the morning of May 6. Did you see any? From what constellation do the meteors of this shower appear to radiate and what comet is the probable source?

ANSWER: Aquarius. (50) and from Comet Halleyfullsizeoutput_168e

WINNER: @SuperYooper and EagleSoarsUSA

9.  (50-52) Name the four Galilean moons of Jupiter in order of distance from Jupiter? (53)

ANSWER : Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto

WINNER: @ WussisWus

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If you find a mistake, please let me know.

Thanks goes out to all participants,

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Congratulations to everyone who got one right.


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