Astronomy current events question: planet Kepler 10b discovery

Astronomy 210L, Spring Semester 2011
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!)
Rachel Hoover and Trent J. Perrotto, "NASA'S Kepler Mission Discovers Its First Rocky Planet," January 10, 2011
The smallest known rocky planet was discovered by NASA's Kepler Mission space-based telescope observing this planet __________ its star.
(A) reflecting light from.
(B) gravitationally wobbling.
(C) crossing in front of.
(D) swallowed up by.
(E) slowly melted by.

Correct answer: (C)

Student responses
Sections 30678, 30679, 30680
(A) : 8 students
(B) : 3 students
(C) : 7 students
(D) : 0 students
(E) : 0 students

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