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the @stro contest

February-March 2000 : Meade 9.5mm Series 3000 Plossl Eyepiece This contest is CLOSED

Meade 9.5mm eyepiece

How about this for a great prize?! In our February-March 2000 contest we gave away a brand new Meade 9.5mm Plossl eyepiece for 1.25" eyepiece adaptors which was graciously donated by Oceanside Photo and Telescope. If you're curious about the magnification this eyepiece would provide take your telescope's focal length and use this handy utility: <inches magnification in inches> ~ <millimeters magnification in millimeters>

The questions:
1) Which of the following is NOT a "Galilean satellite"?
Possible answers:
2) Saturn has a complex system of rings that orbit the planet. In this system of rings there are spaces between the rings creating visible "divisions" that separate one set of rings from another. Which of these names is the name for one of those divisions?
Possible answers:
3) A light-year is:
Possible answers:
the distance the Earth travels in a year.
similar to a regular year, only shorter.
the distance a galaxy travels in a year.
how far light travels in a year.
the amount of time it takes for sunlight to reach the Earth.
The correct answers:
Image courtesy of SEDS
Question #1: Titan - The Galilean satellites are those moons that were discovered orbiting Jupiter by Galileo in 1610. They are Europa, Ganymede, Io and Callisto. Titan is the largest moon of the planet Saturn.
Image courtesy of SEDS
Question #2: Cassini - There are several divisions or gaps in the ring system of the planet Saturn. The gap between the prominent A and B rings is called the "Cassini Division" after Giovanni Domenico Cassini (1625-1712) who discovered it and four other Saturnian moons in his studies of this ringed planet.
Keyhole Nebula
Image courtesy of HST/STSCI
Question #3: How far light travels in a year - A "light-year" is the distance that a photon of light travels in a year through empty space and is one of the common distance measurements used in astronomy. Example: The Keyhole Nebula, seen to the left, is about 8000 light-years from us. One light year is approximately equal to 5.9 trillion miles.
The winner: Mike W. of Middletown, Ohio
The runner-ups: Claude L. & Steve H.

the @stro contest rules and terms

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  2. The contest will be over and closed to new entrants on 12:01am PST, March 15th, 2000.
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