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    5th Annual Astronomy Challenge

    It's time for this year's Astronomy Challenge. This is another Bricker quiz, like the first one, or the second one, or the third one, or the fourth one, with similar rules. You might want to check some of those earlier quizzes to get the flavor of the game.

    I will update the current scores as often as I can, and that should provide clues as to which answers are correct. You may borrow answers from other posters, if you like their answers, just by saying that you want to use their answers. You may change any of your answers by making a new post--a post with a single answer will change only that answer. Do not change your previous post. If you answer a single question multiple times within a single post, I will only consider the last answer (the George rule). I might be induced to change my own answer, given strong enough inducement.

    There are ten questions this year, numbered to 11. Sometimes, the number of the question is related to the question, or answer.

    1. There was a constellation in your soup. Which one?
    2. Which moon of Mars looks like a moon of Mars?
    3. Name my least favorite astronomical scaley claw.
    4. Name the owner of BAUT whose name appears the least number of times on the forum front page.
    6. We are now between a pair of Venus transits (June 8, 2004/June 6, 2012), the next pair is (2117/2125), the last was (1874/1882). When is the next day that Venus is eclipsed by the Sun?
    7. Based upon the way the names of the planets were assigned to the days of the week, what planet would be assigned to the seventh hour of the seventh day?
    8. Name a constellation that contains the celestial pole
    9. What was the first ninth planet?
    10. Approximately, on the Earth, what is one hundredth of a grad?
    11. A significant spacecraft launch has its anniversary on April 12. On what day of the month did it return to Earth?
    Last edited by hhEb09'1; 2007-Sep-03 at 10:08 AM.

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    1. Musca (though I'd prefer a little dipper)
    2. Phobos
    3. Tarazed
    4. Fraser (though it might be a different number for non-admins)
    5. There is no number five
    6. June 7 2008
    7. Iapetus
    8. Ursa Minor
    9. Neptune (counting Ceres as the fifth planet)
    10. one kilometer
    11. April 14th
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    1) Musca (the fly)
    2) Deimos
    3) Draco
    4) Neither
    5) The Eridanus Void
    6) June 8, 2008
    7) Uranus
    8) Octans
    9) George
    10) 0.9 deg.
    11) Tuesday (April 14th) for STS-1
    Last edited by George; 2007-Sep-03 at 04:42 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    5) The Eridanus Void
    Of course, no points for a void

    current scores
    4 antoniseb
    3 George

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    1: Musca Borealis
    2: Phobos
    3: Zubenelekrab
    4: Fraser
    6: 8 June 2008
    7: Uranus
    8: Octans
    9: Uranus
    10: Pi/20000
    11: 12th

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    6 Eroica
    4 antoniseb
    3 George

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    1: Musca Borealis
    2: Phobos
    3: Zubenelekrab
    4: Fraser
    6: 8 June 2008
    7: Uranus
    8: Octans
    9: Uranus
    10: 1 kilometre
    11: 12th

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    1. Musca (though I'd prefer a little dipper)
    2. Phobos
    3. Zubenelekrab
    4. Fraser (though it might be a different number for non-mods)
    5. There is no number five
    6. June 8 2008
    7. Uranus
    8. Ursa Minor
    9. Uranus
    10. one kilometer
    11. April 14th
    Forming opinions as we speak

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    1) Musca (the fly)
    2) Phobos
    3) Zubenelekrab
    4) Fraser
    5) A black hole [edited from Eridanus Void. You sure it's not a trick question? ]
    6) June 8, 2008
    7) Uranus
    8) Octans
    9) Georgium Sidus
    10) 0.009 deg., 1.002 km (I feel driven to force the invokation of the "George rule". )
    11) Tuesday (April 14th) for STS-1
    We know time flies, we just can't see its wings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    5) The Eridanus Void [You sure it's not a trick question? ]
    Yes

    current scores
    7 Eroica
    7 George
    6 antoniseb

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    1) Musca (the fly)
    2) Phobos
    3) Zubenelekrab
    4) Fraser
    5) [not void where prohibited]
    6) June 8, 2008
    7) Uranus
    8) Octans
    9) Georgium Sidus
    10) 1.002 km
    11) April 12th (Yuri Gagarin's flight)
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    1: Musca
    2: Whatever
    3: Dunno
    4: Depends on the time, on the current view in my browser they both appear once.
    6: 2008-06-08
    7: Khitomer
    8: Ursa Minor
    9: Uranus
    10: Huh?
    11: 14

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    1: Musca Borealis
    2: Phobos
    3: Zubenelekrab
    4: Plait
    6: 8 June 2008
    7: Uranus
    8: Octans
    9: Uranus
    10: 1 kilometre
    11: 12th

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    First attempt:
    1. Musca (stealing's a good thing, as it saves me time)
    2. Phobos
    3.
    4. Fraser
    5. 42
    6.
    7. Either the sun or Uranus
    8. Which pole? (You used "the.") - Ursa Minor
    9. Ceres (or Neptune, in order outward instead of discovery)
    10.
    11.

    More later.

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    1) Musca Borealis (the fly)
    2) Phobos
    3) Zubenelekrab
    4) Fraser
    5) [not void where prohibited]
    6) June 8, 2008
    7) Uranus
    8) Octans
    9) 2 Pallas
    10) 1.002 km
    11) April 12th (Yuri Gagarin's flight)
    We know time flies, we just can't see its wings.

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    8 George
    6 antoniseb
    6 Eroica
    2 JeDi
    2 Tobin Dax

    JeDi makes an interesting point: Fraser's or Phil's name could appear in the ephemeral What's Going On section of the BAUT front page. They could be one of the Currently Active Users, or it could be their birthday, . I am not counting those. I like Tobin Dax's answer to number five, but I can't count it either.

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    1: Musca
    2: Phobos
    3: Zubenelekrab
    4: Fraser
    6: 8 June 2008
    7: Neptune
    8: Octans
    9: Pallas
    10: 1 kilometre
    11: 12th

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    1) Musca Borealis (the fly)
    2) Phobos
    3) Zubenelekrab
    4) Fraser

    6) June 8, 2008
    7) Uranus
    8) Octans
    9) 2 Pallas
    10) 1.002 km
    11) April 14th
    We know time flies, we just can't see its wings.

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    1: Musca
    2: Whatever
    3: Dunno
    4: Fraser
    6: 2008-06-08
    7: Khitomer
    8: Ursa Minor
    9: Uranus
    10: Huh?
    11: 12

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    1. Ursa minor

    2. Neither. They both look like asteroids. What is a moon of Mars supposed to look like? There's nothing about looking at a picture of Phobos or Deimos that makes me say "That thing looks like it should be orbiting Mars."

    3. Draco

    4. Fraser

    6. Tommorow. We normally don't use the word "eclipse" for such an event, but it is not wrong to do so. As viewed from Earth, the next time Venus will be occulted by the Sun is June 8, 2008. But somewhere in the solar system Venus is being occulted by the Sun right now. Since you didn't specify from Earth, and since today doesn't count as the "next day", my answer is: tommorow

    7. None. They are only assigned to the 1st hour

    8. Octans for the south celestial pole, Ursa Minor for the north celestial pole

    9. Pallas

    10. 1 km

    11. 12

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    9 George
    7 Eroica
    6 antoniseb
    3 tony873004
    2 Tobin Dax
    2 JeDi

    It looks like this quiz may be over much too quickly--I even thought about taking off a point from George just for not being "approximate" enough

    Creative answer to number six, tony873004, I may have to use that in the future.

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    1) Musca Borealis (the fly)
    2) Phobos
    3) Zubeneshamali [for the final sting!?? ]
    4) Fraser

    6) June 8, 2008
    7) Uranus
    8) Octans
    9) 2 Pallas
    10) ~1.002 km
    11) April 14th

    It looks like this quiz may be over much too quickly--I even thought about taking off a point from George just for not being "approximate" enough
    You should have done it my way and withold the questions till all the answers were correct.

    [Added: I still remember 30 or 40 significant places used in the last quiz, so I wasn't sure what you meant by approximate. ]
    Last edited by George; 2007-Sep-04 at 12:13 AM.
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    Hmm. Let's see if I can't piece this together...

    1: Musca Borealis
    2: Phobos
    3: Zubenelekrab
    4: Fraser
    6: 8 June 2008
    7: Uranus
    8: Octans
    9: 2 Pallas
    10: 1 kilometre
    11: 12th

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    1: Musca
    2: Phobos
    3: ZUBENESCHAMALI as taken from Jim Kaler? Or the turtles all the way down? Still no mindreader at hands.
    4: Fraser
    6: 2008-06-08, but Tony's point is good.
    7: Venus
    8: Octans
    9: Pallas
    10: approx. 1km, whatever the question may be supposed to mean.
    11: 14

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    Well, I'm getting skunked in this thing. It's going quite fast. I was going to flatter George and steal a bunch of his answers (imitation and all that ), but I'm not sure it's worth the effort at the moment. I'll probably pop in before bed and see how things look, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobin Dax View Post
    Well, I'm getting skunked in this thing. It's going quite fast. I was going to flatter George and steal a bunch of his answers (imitation and all that ), but I'm not sure it's worth the effort at the moment. I'll probably pop in before bed and see how things look, though.
    Copying me would be flattery enough. Gord ahead! I copied the Phobos answer and Eroica got us going on Zubenelakrab, which seems like the better answer, actually.
    We know time flies, we just can't see its wings.

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    I was going to say Phobos on my own, but antoniseb gave me another reason, as well as keeping me from searching for a fly. I don't know if I've got time to figure out which one you've got wrong, tonight, but maybe I'll try later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    I copied the Phobos answer
    Oh, and I copied it from you! How little sense it makes (Deimos, none, both - all are equally good).
    and Eroica got us going on Zubenelakrab
    I had some language problems with this thing first, and still I don't know how to answer this without mindreading.
    which seems like the better answer, actually.
    Does it? It doesn't make that much sense to me. Let's see what the 7th son of a 7th son yields. After Tony's post about the first hour I remembered and read up a bit and counted until my fingers almost bled.

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    All right, it's time for some blatant plagiarism here. (On that note, I should go check the boards for my online class after this.) Beginning the trial-and-error approach of finding the tenth answer:

    1) Musca Borealis (the fly)
    2. Neither
    3) Zubenelekrab
    4) Fraser

    6) June 8, 2008
    7) Uranus
    8) Octans
    9) 2 Pallas
    10) 1.002 km
    11) April 14th

    (Wait, it's not plagiarism if I cite my sources, is it? Thanks, George and tony. )

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    I am changing my answer before the grading, so don't be mislead.

    1) Musca Borealis
    2) Deimos [I'm going back to my original thoughts. Phobos is less moon-looking to me.]
    3)Zubenelekrab [This just seems better, or worse as the case may be.]
    4) Fraser
    6) June 8, 2008
    7) Uranus
    8) Octans
    9) 2 Pallas
    10) 1 km
    11) 14th (of April)
    We know time flies, we just can't see its wings.

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