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This multimedia ibook introduces the physical concepts related to plasma globes commonly seen in science museums. The characters Camilla Corona and Colours O'IRIS discuss the concepts of plasma, electric fields, and atom electron loss and recapture... (View More) in simple terms without requiring extensive vocabulary. The Sun is used as an example of plasma, with similarities and differences between it and the plasma globes highlighted. For those who wish to go farther, a glossary is provided that expands upon the concepts in the comic. NASA resources on the Sun and related topics are also provided. This comic is part of the series Tales from Stanford Solar. (View Less)
Two comic characters, Camilla Corona, a rubber chicken, and Colours O'IRIS, a peacock, explore questions relating to colors of light from the Sun. This comic is part of the series Tales from Stanford Solar.
This is an activity about the electromagnetic spectrum and how light is split into its component frequencies or colors. Using a diffraction grating, learners will observe four different light sources and sketch their spectra. This activity requires... (View More) access to a sodium vapor or mercury vapor light and two neon signs of differing color, as well as diffraction grating material. This is Astronomy Activity 2 in the Space Update collection of activities. (View Less)
This is an activity about the electromagnetic spectrum and how the different wavelengths of light are used to capture the most complete picture of objects in space. Learners will view images of our galaxy in multiple wavelengths to compare and... (View More) analyze what is seen. This activity requires a computer with Internet access, and is Astronomy Activity 3 in a larger resource entitled Space Update. (View Less)