Astronomy current events question: exoplanet gas giant GJ 3512b

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!)
Markus Nielbock et al., "When Dwarfs Give Birth to Giants" (September 26, 2019)
An exoplanet gas giant GJ 3512b orbiting a red dwarf star provides evidence for a gravitational instability model of __________ formation.
(A) protostar.
(B) planetary.
(C) Doppler shift.
(D) gravity waves.
(E) habitable zone.

Correct answer: (B)

Student responses
Sections 70178, 70186
(A) : 2 students
(B) : 29 students
(C) : 1 student
(D) : 2 students
(E) : 2 students

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