How to Detect a Supernova

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While a star explodes every second or so in the observable universe, we can't observe a supernova in its first moments. Discover the fascinating science behind how astronomers and physicists are attempting to detect supernovas early with SNEWS (Supernova Early Warning System). 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • As an extension assignment, have learners research the extent of the SNEWS project and the progress it has made to this day
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners should have a general understanding of stars and basic astronomy before viewing this video

  • Specifically reviews white dwarfs and red giants, as well as photons and neutrinos
  • Graphics and animations clearly illustrate scientific principles
  • Customized discussion and assessment questions provided by publisher

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