Unfortunately, I can't tell you from personal experience, since this is my first year on my school's state\regional team. My brother\partner won state Astronomy last year, though, and he told me a bit about what's on the test. It was a PowerPoint with a heavy focus on physics questions (calculating a period or distance, for example). He and his partner only got between about 30 seconds to two minutes per slide (there were about 30 slides). There were also quite a few questions about spectra, I think.Okay, this is my first year in Division C Astronomy(although I've been doing related topics since 5th grade) and I won first place; my school managed to be able to go to states: I've never been to states. So, I was wondering what type of questions do they ask at states? Is it any different than the regional tests - just a little more advanced? Or, do they focus more on the DSO's?
On my regional test, we had a question about image types, too, but our choices were much more complicated. Somehow, though, we got them correct... maybe the best thing to do in that situation is go by instinct.My partner and I confused ourselves with one question that said "Which DSO pictures are composite images?" because we saw 3 composite images, but the question was worth 2 points. We ended up just writing down two of the three we thought were composites.
that's hilarious but thanks! and hi east stroudsburg person! nice second place! Try again next year maybe you'll make it, you're so close this year!Must... resist urge... to help Stroudsburg person....
Oh well. If you were one of the people on your team that took the regional test (and 8th is pretty decent, good job), something like that should be about what you would expect at states. Probably more advanced, with more calculations and in-depth stuff about AGN's and quasars, but other than that, it was a well-written test. Check the Astronomy Wiki for the basis of what you might expect if you're still a little confused.
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