Learning Astronomy in the 21st Century
by Paul Doherty PhD
Senior Staff Scientist, The Exploratorium
A program for the
National Council of Science Museums
Powerpoint of the Presentation Learning Astronomy in the 21st Century.
Main Websites used in this presentation
Paul Doherty website http://www.exo.net/~pauld
Exploratorium Website http://www.exploratorium.edu
The Exploratorium Science Snackbook Online http://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/
Resources for Part 1, Learning Astronomy by doing astronomy and by using hands-on models.
Build a spectroscope using a compact disk
Peel a compact disk to make a transmission diffraction grating.
Project a Rainbow with a compact disk
View a spectrum with a compact disk
Measure the rotation of the earth
Rectified Globe, see the sunlight on the earth and feel the seasons.
How to View a partial solar eclipse
The Dance of the Earth and the Moon
Take a walk in Lunar Gravity
Making a crater using a tray full of salt.
Gravity Well explorations
Curved Space, gravity from nearby masses distorts spacetime.
Expansion of Light, as light travels through the vacuum and the vacuum expands so does light.
Use a wineglass stem to simulate gravitational lensing
A few fine resources
Exploratorium Relativity Exploration http://www.exploratorium.edu/relativity/
Second Life http://secondlife.com/
Nasa Eyes on the Solar System http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/eyes/ A Unity based virtual world.
The Meta Institute for Computational Astrophysics http://www.mica-vw.org/
Galaxy Zoo http://www.galaxyzoo.org/
Planet Quest http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/index.cfm
Astronomy Picture of the Day http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
World Wide telescope http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/Home.aspx
Space Weather http://spaceweather.com/
Sky and Telescope http://www.skyandtelescope.com/
Scientific Explorations with Paul Doherty
14 September 2011