Astrophysics Teacher Resources
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Electromagnetic Radiation on Trial
Students examine general properties of electromagnetic waves, identify position of each type of radiation in spectrum, discuss methods used to detect and analyze waves, and analyze relation between specific wave properties and their position in spectrum.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 22 Downloads
Students are introduced to the space environment. This lesson covers the major differences between the environment on Earth and that of outer space and the engineering challenges that arise because of these discrepancies. In order to prepare students for the upcoming lessons on the human body, this lesson has students has the students draw pictures of themselves as astronauts on a spacecraft.
3rd - 5th Science 6 Views 17 Downloads
Modeling the Solar System
Learners construct a scale model of the solar system in a long hallway or playing field. They discuss the fact that most of the solar system is empty space, and that outer planets are much farther apart than inner planets. They also talk about how long it takes to travel through the solar system.
3rd - 12th Math 27 Views 269 Downloads
How Far... How Powerfu
Young scholars work with a real optical spectrum of a gamma ray burst afterglow taken at the Keck Observatory. They measure the shifts of spectral lines, deduce the velocity of the astronomical object, and then use Hubble's Law to get its distance.
11th - 12th Science 3 Views 13 Downloads
The Comet Encke Tail Disruption Event
In this comet tail disruption learning exercise, high schoolers solve 7 problems using two images from NASA's STEREO satellite showing the breakup of the comet's tail. Students analyze the diagram and use the scale to solve the problems about time, distance and speed of the tail fragment.
9th - 12th Math 3 Views 4 Downloads
Fitting Periodic Functions-Distant Planets
In this periodic functions worksheet, students use given data of the speed of a star and find the best fit periodic function that follows the trend in data. They determine the amplitude, offset phase and the formula for the angle. They also predict the velocity of the star on a given date.
7th - 9th Science 3 Views 9 Downloads
Spitzer Explores a Dying Star
For this dying star worksheet, high schoolers read about the Spitzer Space Telescope that detected the dying star-Messier-57. Students solve 6 problems including determining the total power produced by the dying star, they find the total mass of the dust grains in the dying star and they determine the percentage the mass lost by the star when it was a planetary nebula.
9th - 12th Math 3 Views 19 Downloads
In this black hole worksheet, students read about how images fade to black when they reach an event horizon of a black hole. Students solve 3 problems about black holes using a given equation for luminosity. They find the time it takes for light to fall to half its luminosity when falling into a black hole and they determine how long it takes for a star being swallowed by a black hole to disappear.
9th - 12th Math 4 Views 15 Downloads
Super-Fast Solar Flares!
In this solar flares learning exercise, students observe a sequence of figures of a solar flare observed in 2003 from the Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager satellite. Students solve 6 problems including finding the scale of each image, determining the time elapsed between images, finding the distance the plasma blob traveled and determining the speed of the plasma blob.
9th - 12th Math 3 Views 21 Downloads
The Speed of Galaxy Q2125-431
In this speed of a galaxy worksheet, students use a given equation for the speed of an object and they use the spectral lines for Hydrogen Alpha and Beta from the Seyfert galaxy to answer 6 questions. They determine the observed wavelengths, the rest wavelengths, the velocities of the wavelengths and if the galaxy is moving towards or away from the Milky Way Galaxy.
9th - 10th Math 3 Views 19 Downloads