Astronomy current events question: asteroid 2012 DA14

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!)
Phil Plait, "Cool Animation Showing Asteroid DA 14's Near Miss Next Year," March 8, 2012
When asteroid 2012 DA14 makes it closest approach to Earth in February 2013, it will:
(A) cause higher than normal tides.
(B) disrupt GPS and cell phone communications.
(C) change its orbital path.
(D) skim across the moon's surface.
(E) develop a long, bright tail.

Correct answer: (C)

Student responses
Sections 30678, 30679, 30680
(A) : 10 students
(B) : 3 students
(C) : 38 students
(D) : 0 students
(E) : 3 students

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