How Light Pollution Affects the Stars: Magnitude Readers

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Did you know light can decrease visibility? Light pollution absolutely makes it more difficult to see stars. Scholars build a simple magnitude reader to determine the magnitude of stars. They use these data to estimate the impact of light pollution in their areas before learning how to limit light pollution.  

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • View photos of the earth at night from the ISS to see how much light pollution exists
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires inkjet transparencies made using the provided template
  • Lesson begins with a nighttime star party to learn the proper observation method
Pros

  • Offers multiple extension projects for citizen scientists
  • Connects concepts locally as well as intergallactically
Cons

  • None