I think you bring up a great point! Just to clarify, the rules do specifically mention Kepler's Laws, gravitational effects of the Moon and tides, eclipses, libration, etc. in Rules 3.a.iv and 3.a.v. On top of that, concepts like resonance tie in closely with gravitation/Kepler's Laws/asteroids/Trojans/Kuiper Belt, so I think it's very applicable as well.Killboe wrote:But, I see things related to eclipses on almost all SS tests, so I would study up on that. You should learn about liberation, tides, and resonance, even though it doesn't really say it in the rules. Every now and then I see things such as "What was 2007 OR10 nicknamed", but not that often. That's why you need to take multiple invitational tests in order to become familiar on the questions that the REAL DEAL tests will ask.
As for questions like "Why was (225088) 2007 OR10 initially nicknamed Snow White?" - I'll admit that these are pretty trivia-based and even if you study pretty thoroughly, you may not know these off the top of your head. However, they can lead into much more scientific questions, like "Why did astronomers initially think (225088) 2007 OR10 would be white when they discovered it?" or "What does it mean for an object to be 'red'?" that I think are essential for differentiating top teams. As an event supervisor, I usually have a couple questions like this since they reward teams for studying details, lead to more in-depth science questions, and I think they're fun. However, I would never make them a huge part of the test and I hope other event supervisors wouldn't either.