Astronomy current events question: "The Year of the Solar System"

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!)
Dr. Tony Phillips, "The Year of the Solar System," October 7, 2010
NASA has announced that October 2010 through August 2012 will be "The Year of the Solar System," when:
(A) the sun lines up with the center of the Milky Way.
(B) planets are nearly aligned in a straight line.
(C) planets have the same configuration as during Galileo's time.
(D) a large number of spacecraft arrive at their destinations.
(E) a different planet is visible almost each and every night.

Correct answer: (D)

Student responses
Sections 70178, 70186, 70200
(A) : 3 students
(B) : 2 students
(C) : 1 student
(D) : 48 students
(E) : 4 students

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