Astronomy current events question: Messier 82 supernova discovery

Astronomy 210L, spring semester 2014
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!)
Oli Usher and David Weston, "Supernova in Messier 82 Discovered by UCL Students," January 22, 2014
Supernova SN 2014J in the nearby M82 Cigar Galaxy was recently discovered by __________ at the University of London Observatory.
(A) undergraduate students.
(B) robotic software.
(C) comparing archived film negatives.
(D) deciphering Mayan codexes.
(E) a professor's grandchildren.

Correct answer: (A)

Student responses
Sections 30678, 30679, 30680
(A) : 40 students
(B) : 1 student
(C) : 4 students
(D) : 1 student
(E) : 2 students

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