Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the difference?

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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Post by Sam » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:13 am

I scored 9 out of 10!
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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Post by neptunium » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:38 am

8 points for me! :)

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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Post by owlice » Sat Dec 31, 2011 11:59 am

Boy, TNT, you're some taskmaster!! :ssmile: I posted the answers at 12:04 AM. Good thing I'd set an alarm for 11:30 PM each night this week, because I'd dozed off and the answers would have been a LOT later without it!

Yay, Sam! Yay, neptunium! Most excellent results! Which images tripped you up?

Seems two sets of images might have been too easy, and Tuesday's maybe a little harder than it should have been, hmm? I wonder what those coming from the cell library link thought about this quiz, and hope some of them will weigh in on it.
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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Post by Guest » Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:28 pm

What would be a nice feature, I think--regardless of whether or not the quiz is resurrected as a daily with more questions--would be to set up a new page that is a quiz just with these five questions (and the answers on a different page!) so that new-comers can continue to stumble across and enjoy it. Shouldn't be too much trouble to set up, I would think.

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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Post by owlice » Sat Dec 31, 2011 2:00 pm

I agree!

Quiz redux
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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Post by owlice » Sat Dec 31, 2011 3:15 pm

Just added a poll to the redux thread; is that too much? Should I leave it?
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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Post by neptunium » Sat Dec 31, 2011 4:28 pm

I was thinking that the images could be randomized and numbered, and the options for the poll would say
  • Image 1 is cellular
  • Image 1 is celestial
  • Image 2 is cellular
  • Image 2 is celestial

    ...
  • Image 10 is cellular
  • Image 10 is celestial
Just a suggestion. Food for thought.

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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Post by owlice » Sat Dec 31, 2011 5:56 pm

neptunium, that's a great idea and maybe I'll do that for the next quiz. Thanks!!
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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Post by Sam » Sat Dec 31, 2011 9:05 pm

Monday's picture 1 tripped me up-- I thought the cellular photo was too much like other sun pictures (perhaps at a different wavelength) to not be celestial. Basically, two years of reading APOD and Asterisk* daily taught me to recognize celestial; if I didn't recognize it, it must be cellular. Tuesday and Wednesday illustrate this point best.
Thanks for all the knowledge!

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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Post by neptunium » Sun Jan 01, 2012 9:25 am

I got Monday's image 1 and Thursday's image 2 wrong. The first one looked like the surface of a star, and the second one looked like a cell. However, Tuesday's image 2 was a lucky guess.

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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Post by owlice » Sun Jan 01, 2012 2:28 pm

Thanks for the info, sam and neptunium; much appreciated! I would not have fared so well, I'm sure, though I've been looking at APODs for a good long time now AND have some experience -- way back there somewhere in my past -- looking at cells, too. (This was a fun quiz for me to work on, as it combines two of my interests very nicely.)
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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Post by joostmaghetweten » Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:55 am

I guess most of the audience of the beautiful "quiz" is more or less "celestial-orientated"
wouldnt it be very interesting to do this quiz with the "cellular-people"?
and note the differences in the response....? if their are any?

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Re: Quiz: Cellular or Celestial -- can you tell the differen

Post by owlice » Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:04 am

The Cell: An Image Library had a link to this thread on its home page; it now has a link to the Quiz: Cellular or Celestial? Redux thread. Indeed, the quiz idea came from David Orloff, the manager of the Image Library. I hope those who came to the quiz from that site post about their experience taking this quiz, whether they enjoyed it, how they did, and whether they'd like to see additional similar quizzes.
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