Astronomy current events question: most distant supernova DES16C2nm

Astronomy 210L, spring semester 2018
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!)
Ali Sundermier, "Astronomers Reveal Secrets of Most Distant Supernova Ever Detected" (February 21, 2018)
The most distant and oldest supernova, DES16C2nm, was discovered while mapping several hundred million galaxies for __________ research: (A) dark energy. (B) gravitational waves. (C) matter and antimatter. (D) gamma ray bursts. (E) degenerate matter.

Correct answer: (A)

Student responses
Sections 30679, 30680
(A) : 25 students
(B) : 4 students
(C) : 4 students
(D) : 6 students
(E) : 1 student

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