Astronomy current events question: Pan-STARRS telescope

Astronomy 210L, Fall Semester 2010
Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA

Students are assigned to read online articles on current astronomy events, and take a short current events quiz during the first 10 minutes of lab. (This motivates students to show up promptly to lab, as the time cut-off for the quiz is strictly enforced!)
Astronomy.com editors, "Pan-STARRS Discovers Its First Potentially Hazardous Asteroid," September 28, 2010
The Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) PS1 telescope is designed to detect:
(A) supernova neutrino emissions.
(B) asteroids that may impact Earth.
(C) solar flare disruptions.
(D) rapidly moving comets.
(E) space junk in low Earth orbit.

Correct answer: (B)

Student responses
Sections 70178, 70186, 70200
(A) : 1 student
(B) : 55 students
(C) : 2 students
(D) : 6 students
(E) : 0 students

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