Astronomy current events question: Nova Sagittarii 2012

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!)
Dennis diCicco, "Nova Erupts in Sagittarius," April 22, 2012
A possible nova explosion was discovered in the constellation Sagittarius by Russian scientists using:
(A) a digital camera and telephoto lens.
(B) unused detectors from the Large Hadron Collider.
(C) archived photographic slides from the Library of Congress.
(D) Google search software.
(E) ancient Egyptian heiroglyphs.

Correct answer: (A)

Student responses
Sections 30678, 30679, 30680
(A) : 17 students
(B) : 10 students
(C) : 6 students
(D) : 1 student
(E) : 2 students

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