Looking at Starlight

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Link to Resource: http://www.classzone.com/books/earth_science/terc/content/investigations/es2803/es2803page01.cfm
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
9 10 11 12
Organization:Exploring Earth
Summary:To learn anything about a star, astronomers must analyze its light. They accomplish this by pointing a telescope at the star to gather its light and then using a spectroscope to spread the light into a spectrum. By comparing and analyzing patterns in the spectra of many stars, astronomers have learned to infer stars' compositions and temperatures. The brightness of different colors and the location and width of dark absorption lines in a star's spectrum all provide information about the star. Examine the differences in the example spectra.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS1.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS1-2; HS-ESS1-3
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation
Subjects: astronomy; light; space; sun
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