Special Science Teleclass: Solar Astronomy

This is a recording of a recent live class I did with an entire high school astronomy class. I’ve included it here so you can participate and learn, too!

Light is energy that can travel through space. How much energy light has determines what kind of wave it is. It can be visible light, x-ray, radio, microwave, gamma or ultraviolet. The electromagnetic spectrum shows the different energies of light and how the energy relates to different frequencies, and that’s exactly what we’re going to cover in class. We’re going to talk about light, what it is, how it moves, and it’s generated, and learn how astronomers study the differences in light to tell a star’s atmosphere from  millions of miles away.

I usually give this presentation at sunset during my live workshops, so I inserted slides along with my talk so you could see the pictures better. This video below is long, so I highly recommend doing this with friends and a big bowl of popcorn. Ready?

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4 Responses to “Special Science Teleclass: Solar Astronomy”
  1. Aurora says:

    Awesome that you are star gazing! And yes, this sort of thing happens all the time. That’s actually what hooks a lot of astronomers to keep at it until they find it. My guess is that either your scope wasn’t aligned properly, or that you didn’t have the right numbers at the right time (since planet position changes rather quickly over the course of the night).

    You can use “Stellarium” to help you figure out where to point it and be sure of what you’re looking at. Here’s a direct link (it’s free) – you can put it on your phone as well to use outdoors to help you align your scope.
    https://stellarium.org/ That’s the free option.

    The other way is to “star hop”, which means you find something you know for sure what it is, then hop over to something new and verify it. Here’s a couple of resources for how to do this:


  2. robertdangelo says:

    Hey Aurora, it’s Andie. Not that this is related to the subject of this page, but I have a Celestron C8+ with an equatorial mount. Last night my dad and I were trying to find mars, but when we put in the correct right ascension and declination along with the correct hour angle, mars wasn’t there. Do you have any advice on this?


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  4. Ivan Kusakovic says:

    Now I now my sunglasses are not polarized. Thank you 🙂

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