Astronomy current events question: recovery of 1437 A.D. nova location

Astronomy 210L, fall semester 2017
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!)
American Museum of Natural History press release, "Scientists Recover Nova First Spotted 600 Years Ago by Korean Astrologers" (August 30, 2017)
The exact position of a nova explosion that occurred 600 years ago was located by comparing present-day images with:
(A) old photographic plates.
(B) gravitational wave fluctuations.
(C) absorbed ultraviolet light.
(D) computer simulations.
(E) gamma ray emissions.

Correct answer: (A)

Student responses
Sections 70178, 70186
(A) : 21 students
(B) : 3 students
(C) : 10 students
(D) : 8 students
(E) : 6 students

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