Astronomy current events question: interstellar comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov)

Astronomy 210L, fall semester 2019
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!)
DC Agle, Alana Johnson, "Newly Discovered Comet Is Likely Interstellar Visitor" (September 12, 2019)
Preliminary analysis of the trajectory of the comet C/2019 Q4 indicate that it may:
(A) eventually collide with Earth.
(B) have been once part of Pluto.
(C) be visible during daylight hours.
(D) be captured by Jupiter's gravity.
(E) come from beyond the solar system.

Correct answer: (E)

Student responses
Sections 70178, 70186
(A) : 2 students
(B) : 2 students
(C) : 1 student
(D) : 1 student
(E) : 28 students

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