Deeper Into Jeopardy! XIX: Scientific Firsts – Final Jeopardy!

Final Jeopardy! category: SCIENTIFIC FIRSTS (21-05-2014)

Clue: The first object in our solar system discovered by telescope was not a planet but one of these

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The gist: On January 7, 1610, Galileo Galilei noted in his journal the three objects he saw near Jupiter; he would continue to observe them through his telescope for another two months, in which time he found a fourth and noticed that they seemed to be orbiting the planet. Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! XIX: To the Exoplanets! – $2000

Jeopardy! category: TO THE EXOPLANETS! (21-05-2014)

$2000 clue: In 1995 astronomers confirmed the first exoplanet orbiting a sunlike star, in this “equine” constellation

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The gist: It’s just about a quarter larger and a tenth more massive than our sun, and if you looked at it, you’d see the same familiar yellow you’re so used to here on Earth. Continue reading

Deeper Into Jeopardy! XIX: To the Exoplanets! – $1600

Jeopardy! category: TO THE EXOPLANETS! (21-05-2014)

$1600 clue: In 1992 the first exoplanets were found orbiting one of these rotating stars that emit regular bursts of radiation

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The gist: It was around the delightfully-named PSR B1257+12 that the very first two exoplanets to be discovered were observed, way back in 1992.  Continue reading