Astrophysics Teacher Resources

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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.
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.
Students 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. These activities reinforce basic physics concepts (light, the electromagnetic spectrum) and chemistry concepts (spectral lines, spectroscopy).
In this comet tail disruption worksheet, students 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.
In this measuring star temperatures, students find the temperature of a star using Planck's curve and the Wein Displacement law. Students also find the peak wavelengths for given stars using Planck's curve.
In this periodic functions activity, 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.
In this solar magnetic field instructional activity, students are given 2 equations and use them to find the magnetic field strength and the Bp and Bz for given conditions. they express their answer using scientific notation.
In this dying star learning exercise, students 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.
In this black hole instructional activity, 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.
In this solar flares worksheet, 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.
In this graphing functions worksheet, students solve four problems where they graph given functions, find the sum related to the area under the curve and determine an integral.
In this speed of a galaxy worksheet, learners 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.
High schoolers explore the Big Bang Theory and the Theory of Plate Tectonics. In this history of life instructional activity, students explain two ways the Theory of Plate Tectonics and the Big Bang are of direct benefits to humans.
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
In this online interactive reading comprehension instructional activity, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's EndStudents may submit their answers to be scored.
For this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about Albert Einstein. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Students study physics and its relationship to other sciences.  For this investigative lesson students use the scientific method to solve problems.
High schoolers explore the nature of electromagnetic spectrum through a series of experiments. In this physics lesson, students determine how light behaves under certain circumstances. They explain how humans perceive colors.
Students build a scaled model of the solar system. In this space science lesson, students arrange them according to their distances from the sun. They analyze each planet's unique features such as density and relative gravity.
High schoolers measure distances using parallax. In this math lesson, students explain how this method helped astronomers with their studies of the solar system. They determine the length of their arm using parallax and compare it with other high schoolers in class.

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