Astronomy current events question: testing black hole models

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!)
Neal Singer, "Black Hole Models Contradicted by Hands-on Tests at Sandia's Z Machine" (August 28, 2017)
Results from Sandia National Laboratories' Z machine tested predictions of how x-rays should be emitted from:
(A) the northern lights.
(B) matter falling into black holes.
(C) supernovae explosions.
(D) dark matter.
(E) fusion reactions within stars.

Correct answer: (B)

Student responses
Sections 70178, 70186
(A) : 0 students
(B) : 31 students
(C) : 9 students
(D) : 5 students
(E) : 1 student

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