Planets, Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe

Additional Resources


We covered a lot of ground in this lesson, and there are a lot of resources beyond those I linked in the lesson itself:

    1. At the PhET site with the link to the blackbody interactive simulation, there are resources for teachers on the topic of blackbody radiation.
    2. There is another applet on Blackbody radiation from the folks at the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
    3. There are several different simulations of the Bohr model and the interaction between photons and electrons, including:
    4. In the page on telescopes, we did not have enough time to cover telescopes that are sensitive to other parts of the EM spectrum, but there are a number of resources on this topic, including:
    5. The image of the spectrum of neon came from an article written by a chemist about spectroscopy. He has an in-depth site on spectroscopy, including images of different lamps containing gas of a specific type that are available to be used in your own presentations.
    6. There is an excellent movie made about observing with small telescopes called "Seeing in the Dark" by Timothy Ferris. It was broadcast on PBS, and this project, too, provides a lengthy set of resources for teachers and families on astronomy, telescopes, and night sky observing.
    7. There is a company called that is offering remote telescope imaging for a price. There is another online observatory that is free for educators called the "MicroObservatory".
    8. As part of the International Year of Astronomy, astronomers have created "Galileoscope" kits that offer inexpensive but high quality telescope kits for school or home use.

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