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    5th Annual Astronomy Challenge announcement

    It's almost time for the 5th Annual Astronomy Challenge (actually, it's almost time for the 6th, but since we didn't have one last year, we'll have the 5th this year). It will be another Bricker quiz, like in years past, but I want to give more people a chance to participate. So, sign up for the quiz in this thread by posting to it--and subscribing to it so you get the reminders. When I have twenty registered participants, I'll start the actual quiz (or on Aug. 15, whichever comes later). Previous winners have an automatic exemption, but they may want to subscribe to this thread, to study the competition.

    Registered:
    1. Wiley
    2. Grand Vizier
    3. Kristophe
    4. Grey
    5. Eroica
    6. George
    7. Arneb
    8. Jerry
    9. Peter Wilson
    10. evanoconnor
    11. parejkoj
    12. tony873004
    13. Tobin Dax
    14. Tensor
    15. JeDi
    16. antoniseb
    17. Dave Mitsky
    18. SeanF
    19. ToSeek
    20. Nicolas
    21. pghnative
    22. dgruss23
    Last edited by hhEb09'1; 2007-Sep-03 at 09:33 AM.

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    Can't wait!

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    Great. I look forward to it.
    We know time flies, we just can't see its wings.

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    Mmmmh...
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    OK, this one's wet, I'll just make another, no problem

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    Who gets to decide which answers are right?
    “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.” ― Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Who gets to decide which answers are right?
    It's a Bricker quiz, which have appeared from time to time at the Straight Dope message board. From the 3rd annual:
    Remember, some of these questions can have more than one right answer. Part of the game is to determine which "right" answer

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    Quote Originally Posted by hhEb09'1 View Post
    OK, this one's wet, I'll just make another, no problem
    Good, that one was too hard, thanks Arneb.
    We know time flies, we just can't see its wings.

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    I'll take the 5th...

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    This year, just to keep things interesting, the challange will be Jeopardy-style. Below are the answers; challengees provide the questions


    1) The Cassini Division
    2) 1/137
    3) 3,567 cm^(-1)
    4) Apophis
    5) The Yarkovsky-O’Keefe-Radzievski-Paddack effect
    6) Gravity Probe A
    7) [1 – (v/c)^2]^(1/2)
    8) 1998

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    Don't listen to him, he's just trying to get out of last place

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Wilson View Post
    This year, just to keep things interesting, the challange will be Jeopardy-style. Below are the answers; challengees provide the questions
    Piece of Cake:

    1) The Cassini Division: Who invaded Rome in 234 A.D.?
    2) 1/137: What is the smallest slice of pizza that can contain a complete anchovi?
    3) 3,567 cm^(-1): What was the inverse error/sec in the MCO insertion altitude due to the Metric-English unit error?
    4) Apophis: Where were the Apollo moon landings staged? (Hint: It is near Area 51.)
    5) The Yarkovsky-O’Keefe-Radzievski-Paddack effect: What is it called if you snore during a Rimski-Korsichoff concert?
    6) Gravity Probe A: Which 'spaceflight' preceded Gravity Probe B?
    7) [1 – (v/c)^2]^(1/2): How much later would Einstein have died if he would have been placed in a canister and launched towards alpha Centuri @ 3021km/s on his 30th birthday? (Neglecting the effects of cosmic rays, air depletion and starvation.)
    8) 1998: What year did the number of Elvis impersonators exceed the number of people who actually attended a live Elvis concert?
    “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.” ― Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes

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    Uh oh, it looks to me like you got a few right answers questions in there

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    Yeah, I was trying to trick people with the Gravity Probe A answer.
    Didn't work

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    I want to play...
    I'm very confused though, and the previous years don't seem to be any help.

    Why is Peter in last place?
    Do I have to do anything before the 15th?

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    What the heck. Just rejoined the BABB after several years. I'm in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evanoconnor View Post
    I want to play...
    welcome!
    I'm very confused though, and the previous years don't seem to be any help.
    It's an intelligence test
    Why is Peter in last place?
    well, not now
    Do I have to do anything before the 15th?
    You're done until then
    Quote Originally Posted by parejkoj View Post
    What the heck. Just rejoined the BABB after several years. I'm in.
    How's graduate school treating you? Or is it "treated"--is that why you now have more time for us?

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    Considered me pumped. I'm even off for three days or so around the 15th, so I'll have way too much time to dedicate to adding another reign as champeen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evanoconnor View Post
    Why is Peter in last place?
    Because I got the most answers wrong?

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    count me in

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    Hey Kilopi! Long time no hear. Looks like you've hit quite a few other milestones since I left. But if I might ask, what's the new one? I can't figure it out (at first, I thought it was Hub' in a different name).

    Quote Originally Posted by hhEb09'1 View Post
    How's graduate school treating you? Or is it "treated"--is that why you now have more time for us?
    No, it's still treating me. We're in a bit of an abusive relationship, and I'm the abusee, as one might expect. I just stumbled on some articles that reminded me of the BABB, and I came back to see what was up.

    Obviously, I can take time to post to BAUT instead of doing real work, right? I mean, that's how the rest of you do it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by parejkoj View Post
    (at first, I thought it was Hub' in a different name).
    I'm now a tribute poster (and HUb' lives)
    Obviously, I can take time to post to BAUT instead of doing real work, right?
    You'll fit right in now--everyone here is a physics graduate student or was, seems like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hhEb09'1 View Post
    You'll fit right in now--everyone here is a physics graduate student or was, seems like.
    Or is hoping to be. I'm hoping to get accepted for the fall 2008 term

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    Quote Originally Posted by hhEb09'1 View Post
    You'll fit right in now--everyone here is a physics graduate student or was, seems like.
    Actually, I was an astronomy grad student. My B.S. is in Physics. (And ** in Physics is probably what will happen when I start teaching in two weeks. )

    On topic, I'm in. Hopefully I'll have time to do it this year.

    hhEb09'1
    , looking through the old challenges, you're going to need a new handle before you do this again next year.

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    OK, just a general full plate of scholarship hereabouts.

    This is the last one in your lifetime, looks like Win Megamillions doesn't happen until 2178. When I win the lottery.

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    Tensor's back, so of course the first thing to do is get a piece of this

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    Quote Originally Posted by hhEb09'1 View Post
    ...looks like Win Megamillions doesn't happen until 2178. When I win the lottery.

    Like I've always said: do the math.

    If you buy 2 or 3 lottery tickets every week, the odds are you're gonna win one of these lifetimes

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    We still need six more sign-ups, so I'm moving the start date to next Monday, if we end up with twenty by then.

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    Bump'n'Join

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