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!)
Universitat de Barcelona news release, "Spanish Researchers Discover the First Black Hole Orbiting a 'Spinning' Star," January 16, 2014Spanish scientists determined that star MWC 656 is orbited by a black hole, based on the fact that it is invisible to telescopes, and:
(A) no other surviving stars are nearby.
(B) rich in dark matter.
(C) the star MWC 656 is steadily losing mass.
(D) absorbs gamma-ray radiation.
(E) more massive than a neutron star.
Correct answer: (E)
Sections 30678, 30679, 30680
(A) : 7 students
(B) : 8 students
(C) : 15 students
(D) : 19 students
(E) : 9 students