Astronomy current events question: NASA Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope

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!)
Whitney Clavin, Felicia Chou, and Lynn Chandler, "NASA Introduces New, Wider Set of Eyes on the Universe" (February 18, 2016)
NASA's planned Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope will detect faint light from exoplanets by blocking interfering light from:
(A) urban streetlights.
(B) our sun.
(C) their host stars.
(D) the aurora borealis.
(E) supernovas.

Correct answer: (C)

Student responses
Sections 30678, 30679, 30680
(A) : 2 students
(B) : 4 students
(C) : 28 students
(D) : 2 students
(E) : 4 students

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