Astronomy current events question: targeting search for extraterrestrial life

Astronomy 210L, spring semester 2016
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!)
Elisabeth Guggenberger, René Heller, "Eavesdropping on Aliens" (March 1, 2016)
Scientists propose that advanced extraterrestrial civilizations may be trying to contact us, on planets around sun-like stars that could see Earth:
(A) passing in front of the sun.
(B) orbited by its moon.
(C) launching spacecraft.
(D) with advanced telescope technology.
(E) undergoing global warming.

Correct answer: (A)

Student responses
Sections 30678, 30679
(A) : 10 students
(B) : 1 student
(C) : 0 students
(D) : 2 students
(E) : 0 students

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