SOFIA Active Astronomy Infrared Kit
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The Active Astronomy kit is filled with Classroom Activities for Learning About Infrared Light. It focuses on student understanding of infrared light, which occupies the portion of the infrared spectrum in between visible light and microwave, the shortest of the radio waves. Students explore colored filters and their usefulness to astronomers, detection of infrared light and reflection of infrared light. Students find that infrared light carries information, and in some cases behaves like visible light and other cases behaves very differently. Learn more about this kit at the SOFIA website (a new browser window will open).
To understand the universe, astronomers observe at all wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum, including infrared. The SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy) is NASA's next-generation airborne observatory. SOFIA will feature a 2.5-meter telescope mounted in a highly-modified Boeing 747SP. It will fly above most of the water vapor in the atmosphere to study infrared emissions from space. Read more about SOFIA (a new browser window will open).
1 each AA battery holder
2 sheets black construction paper
1 each DVD - More than Your Eyes Can See NASA