Astronomy current events question: ultrahot Jupiters

Astronomy 210L, fall 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!)
Adam Hadhazy, "Water Is Destroyed, Then Reborn in Ultrahot Jupiters" (August 9, 2018)
Researchers propose that water molecules in the atmospheres of "ultrahot Jupiter" planets orbiting other stars:
(A) break apart and recombine.
(B) create aurora light storms.
(C) may harbor primitive life.
(D) produce nanoparticles.
(E) float as ice clouds.

Correct answer: (A)

Student responses
Sections 70178, 70186
(A) : 16 students
(B) : 5 students
(C) : 0 students
(D) : 3 students
(E) : 4 students

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