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Herschel Infrared Experiment
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In this experiment, students replicate a version of the 1800 experiment in ...

In this experiment, students replicate a version of the 1800 experiment in which a form of radiation other than visible light was discovered by the famous astronomer Sir Frederick William Herschel. Students use glass prisms, thermometers, and sunlight to detect the increase in temperature beyond the red end of the visible spectrum, thus detecting infrared light. This activity is available on the back of the Electromagnetic Spectrum Poster which is a collaborative product of Astrophysics missions and staff comprising the Astrophysics SEPOF. The Astrophysics SEPOF is headquartered at the Space Telescope Science Institute, operated for NASA by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA). Request a paper copy of the poster from SEPOF through the "contact us" page of Amazing Space - be sure to include your mailing address.

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The Inverse Square Law of Light
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This lesson provides a way for students to determine the relationship between ...

This lesson provides a way for students to determine the relationship between the distance from a light source and its brightness. Once students discover the relationship, they can begin to understand how astronomers use this knowledge to determine the distances to stars and far away galaxies.

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Light Detectives: Using WISE Data to Identify Brown Dwarfs and ULIRGs
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Using three images from the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission, students ...

Using three images from the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission, students measure and analyze infrared light from objects to identify Brown Dwarfs and Ultra-Luminous Infrared Galaxies (ULIRGs). The lesson includes a teacher’s guide, student worksheet and PowerPoint presentation (which contains the three images to be analyzed).

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Size and Scale of the Universe
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In this hands-on activity, students learn about the different realms of the ...

In this hands-on activity, students learn about the different realms of the Universe and explore their sizes and relative scales. They will be guided through a process that uncovers the immense sizes of the Sun, Solar System, Solar Neighborhood, Milky Way, Local Group, Supercluster, and the observable Universe. The full version of this activity involves students doing simple math computations, however it can also be done without the math. There are some inexpensive materials involved, as well as a powerpoint presentation. It is intended for grades 8-12, but can be adapted down for lower grade levels.

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Universe Discovery Guides
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These guides showcase education and public outreach resources from across more than ...

These guides showcase education and public outreach resources from across more than 20 NASA astrophysics missions and programs. The twelve guides - one for each month - contain a science topic, an interpretive story, a sky object to view with finding charts, hands-on activities, and connections to NASA science. The guides are modular, so that educators can use the portions that are the most useful for their audiences/events. Following is the theme for each month: January - Betelgeuse, February - Orion Nebula, March - Pleiades, April - Pollux; May - Hubble Deep Field, June - Hercules Cluster, July - Ring Nebula & Veil Nebula, August - The Search for Habitable Worlds, September - Milky Way Galaxy, October - Upsilon Andromedae, November - Andromeda Galaxy, and December - Crab Nebula.

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World Wise Schools
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program aims to engage learners in an inquiry about the world, themselves, ...

program aims to engage learners in an inquiry about the world, themselves, and others in order to broaden perspectives, promote cultural awareness and encourage service. Students can email currently serving Peace Corps volunteers and build cross-cultural awareness by reading Culture Matters, the workbook used by Peace Corps Volunteers in the field.

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