From microscopes to telescopes, scientists utilize the properties of light to study objects that are not visible to the unaided eye. In this session, students will expand their understanding of light by examining the spectra of various light sources using diffraction glasses. They will also learn how scientists use similar tools to study objects in the universe. Finally, students will be introduced to 'dark matter' and how scientists are using inventive techniques to learn about it.
Educator Resource: Field Trip
Exploring the Universe Through Light
The detection of light is a very powerful tool for exploring the universe, but what happens if something does not interact with light? Learn how scientists are attempting to study dark matter.
Upper Elementary, Middle School