Astronomy current events question: Moon-reflected earthshine

Astronomy 210L, spring semester 2012
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!)
Michael Sterzik, Stefano Bagnulo, Enric Palle, and Richard Hook, "VLT Rediscovers Life on Earth—by Looking at the Moon," February 29, 2012
Analysis of __________ by NASA researchers support the theory that the moon was impacted by a recent wave of high speed impacts 4 billion years ago.
(A) faint earthshine reflected by the moon.
(B) infrared images of still-molten lunar craters.
(C) different crater sizes and densities.
(D) smooth lunar lava flows.
(E) Antarctic meteorites.

Correct answer: (A)

Student responses
Sections 30678, 30679, 30680
(A) : 15 students
(B) : 2 students
(C) : 2 students
(D) : 1 student
(E) : 2 students

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