Astronomy current events question: 2011 Leonid meteor shower

Astronomy 210L, fall 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!)
Bill Andrews, "Get Ready for the 2011 Leonid Meteor Shower," November 8, 2011
The Leonid meteor shower that peaks on the morning of November 18 will be expected to be muted this year because of:
(A) the end of daylight saving time.
(B) a partial lunar eclipse.
(C) intense northern light activity.
(D) light from the moon.
(E) asteroid 2005 YU55 passing by Earth earlier this month.

Correct answer: (D)

Student responses
Sections 70178, 70186, 70200
(A) : 1 student
(B) : 4 students
(C) : 3 students
(D) : 37 students
(E) : 11 students

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