Astronomy current events question: Comet C/2012 S1 "ISON"

Astronomy 210L, fall 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!)
Kelly Beatty, "A 'Dream Comet' Heading Our Way?," September 27, 2012
Comet C/2012 S1 "ISON" is expected to be a bright "dream comet" in late 2013 into early 2014 because it:
(A) will pass extremely close to Earth.
(B) is the largest-ever comet yet discovered.
(C) will pass through several solar flares.
(D) is on a collision course with the sun.
(E) will pass in front of Comet Pan-STARRS.

Correct answer: (A)

Student responses
Sections 70178, 70186, 70200
(A) : 15 students
(B) : 5 students
(C) : 2 students
(D) : 1 student
(E) : 1 student

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