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!)
Monica Young, "ALMA Minds the (Planet‑Forming) Gap," January 2, 2013The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile has observed an outer horseshoe-shaped gas ring around the young star HD 142527, which may be due to:
(A) the presence of a nearby black hole.
(B) a recent type II supernova explosion.
(C) fluctuations in the star's fusion rate.
(D) the gravitational effect of forming planets.
(E) faulty data processing.
Correct answer: (D)
Sections 30678, 30679, 30680
(A) : 6 students
(B) : 8 students
(C) : 12 students
(D) : 33 students
(E) : 0 students