Star Light, Star Bright

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Star light, star bright, first star I see ... wait a minute, where did the star go? Scholars complete a simulation that measures the brightness of a distant star as another object passes in front of it. Learners move the passing object and graph the brightness against time. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Use as a demonstration for classes before completing another simulation titled, "Enceladus, I Barely Knew You"
Classroom Considerations
  • There is no explanation, directions, or background information with this simulation
  • Scholars need to know what occultation means; Snorkzat in the simulation is an imaginary planet
  • Simulation is very simple and short
  • Easy to fit into a discussion about distant objects in space and how scientists learn about them
  • None
Common Core