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.
Name the spacecraft with the planetary camera dedicated to outreach and is returning great images of Jupiter? (page 4)
What part of Jupiter was the specific target of Juno’s unusual orbit? (15)
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?
What star was the first true physical binary to be recognized?
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+)
(46) What planet will be setting tonight (May 6) with Aldebaran and the Moon?
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)
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?
(50-52) Name the four Galilean moons of Jupiter in order of distance from Jupiter? (53)
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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.
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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.