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the @stro contest

August 2000 : SkyMap Pro 6.0 THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED

SkyMap Pro Screenshot

This month we are offering what in our opinion is one of the best planetarium programs available today: SkyMap Pro 6.0! You can find all of the details on this great Windows® compatible program by visiting the SkyMap website. All you have to do is answer correctly as many questions as possible and you're entered into the contest to WIN!

Select your answers to the following questions, enter your correct name and email address (this must be valid because this is how the winner will be notified) and press "Enter the Contest". Remember to check the contest rules and terms below before entering. The winner will be drawn from the pool of entries that had the most answers correct. The contest closed at 12:01am PST on September 1st, 2000. Hint: clues and answers can be found if you search this website deep enough.

The questions:
1) The average distance from the Earth to the Sun is known as:
Possible answers (select one):
an astronomical unit
a light-year
the geo-solar constant
a cosmological length
2) Which planet has the smallest diameter?
Possible answers (select one):
3) What does the acronym "GRB" stand for?
Possible answers (select one):
gamma-rho binary
globular radon burster
Greenwich Research Balloon
gamma-ray burst

The correct answers to the August 2000 @stro contest were:

Sun and the Earth
images courtesy of SEDS
Question #1: astronomical unit - An astronomical unit is a unit of measurement based on the average distance Earth is from the Sun in its orbit. One astronomical unit is equal to about 93 million miles.
image courtesy of SEDS
Question #2: Pluto - The planet Pluto is approximately 2274km in diameter. The next smallest planet, Mercury, is about 4880km in diameter. More info on Pluto...
Cats Eye Nebula
image courtesy of NASA
Question #3: gamma-ray burst - A gamma-ray burst, or GRB, is an intense, concentrated burst of gamma radiation whose origin is not yet understood. More info on GRBs...

Winner: Patrick C. of San Diego, CA
1st runner-up: Vijay K. of India
2nd runner-up: E.L. M. of Poway, CA

Please visit the developers at SkyMap to see what this prize is all about. SkyMap:

  • Helps with observing trip planning
  • Allows for comprehensive observation logs to be kept
  • Displays accurate real-time star maps, or select views from future/past days, hours and minutes
  • Comes with extensive database support for deep-sky objects, comets, asteroids
  • Enables computerized telescope control with compatible systems
  • and much more!

Order a copy if you didn't win. It's worth it! We can recommend it because we *use* it.

the @stro contest rules and terms

  1. Void where prohibited by law.
  2. The contest will be over and closed to new entrants on 12:01am PST, September 1st, 2000.
  3. Only ONE entry will be accepted per name/email address. Please respect this. Proven repeated entries from the same person will result in your expulsion from current and future contests.
  4. the @stro pages will pay USPS 1st Class postage anywhere within the United States of America. If you are not a US resident or wish this prize to be shipped outside of the US, you MUST verify that you will pay for shipping outside the US when you press the "Enter the Contest" button by choosing "Yes, I agree to pay for shipping" above. The terms of shipping this prize will be verified with you via email should you win and you will have the option of declining payment of any shipping fees, but you will disqualify your win and the prize will go to the next runner-up. Payment for shipping fees must be drawn in US Funds (personal checks must clear, money orders preferred). We are not responsible for damage or loss to this item in transit.
  5. Your email address will NEVER be purposely given to entities outside the @stro pages. However, these email addresses will be compiled into a list for future periodic mailings (details below) from the @stro pages. You can be removed at any time from these mailings simply by following the unsubscribe instructions found on the bottom of these email messages. You will be permanently removed from the list unless you re-enter a future contest.
  6. The primary pool of valid entries will be compiled from entries that have ALL of the answers correct. If there are NO emails with all of the answers correct a pool of entries containing the most correct answers will be compiled and drawn from. If there are no entries with any correct answers the pool of entries drawn upon will be all emails submitted. Three entries will be randomly selected to determine the winner - a primary winner and two runner-ups. In the event that the primary winner is unable to take possession of the prize for whatever reason, the next runner-up will receive it, and so on. If there are no entries, we'll put it up on eBay and make a buck. :o)
  7. Contest rules, terms and conditions are subject to change at any time and for any reason.
  8. We reserve the right to discontinue this contest at any time and for any reason.
  9. The winner will be notified via email of their good fortune on or about September 1st, 2000.
  10. Reasonable research has been done to ensure that the questions made sense and the answer is correct, but neither is open for discussion. Basically, we're sorry if you didn't understand the questions, but they stand as-is. Feel free to email for clarification of the question or answers BEFORE you press "Enter the Contest". The final determination of the correctness of the question or answer is entirely at the discretion of the @stro pages and is subject to change without notice.
  11. Under no circumstances will the @stro pages be held liable for any damages that arise from the holding of this contest. You enter this contest at your own risk and no promises, explicit or implied, are offered as to your winning or losing status.
  12. This is for fun, so please make it that way and don't abuse it.

about the periodic mailings: We hate spam. We are not going to send you unwanted emails day in and day out. When you enter this contest you will be added to the @stro newsletter mailing list for updates about the website. The periodic newsletter mailings will most likely consist of (but are not limited to) notices about new features and future contests that will be provided by the @stro pages and will not likely occur more than once a month. You can be removed at any time from these mailings simply by following the unsubscribe instructions found on the bottom of these email messages or by going to the index page and using the unsubscribe utility found there. You will be permanently removed from the mailing list unless you enter another contest in the future.

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