Activity 6 -
The Electromagnetic Spectrum and
Use the resources listed below to help you complete this activity.
To learn more about this topic, visit the following
The Nature of Electromagnetic Radiation
Electromagnetic Spectrum, NASA
This home page provides links to two different topic levels, the
second slightly more advanced than the first. The topics for Level
One include: Measuring the Electromagnetic Spectrum, A Radio Wave
Is Not a Gamma-ray, a Microwave Is Not an X-ray... or Is It?,
Why Do We Have to Go to Space to See All of the Electromagnetic
Spectrum?. The topics for Level Two include: More about the Electromagnetic
Spectrum, and Space Observatories in Different Regions of the
About Spectra, University of Illinois
Try another brief overview on electromagnetic spectrum and electromagnetic
Astronomy and the Electromagnetic Spectrum
Introduction to Radio Astronomy, National Radio Astronomy
The NRAO web site offers an education section with various resources
including background information and a photo gallery. The Introduction
to Radio Astronomy is particular page that offers answers to frequently
asked questions about radio astronomy, an article about the VLA
and VLBA in New Mexico, and more.
Offers a good description of important properties of the major
regions of the spectrum.
Using Electromagnetic Radiation to Understand
Space, Space Telescope Science Institute
Explore space with the Hubble Telescope. Learn about what different
colors say about stars by clicking on Star Light, Star Bright.
To complete Investigate Part C, each student
group will need:
To learn more about space science missions, visit the following
Space Science Missions, NASA
This is a comprehensive list of missions either under study, in development, operating, or past missions.
This page includes a list of the manned missions from the earliest
programs to the most recent.
To learn more about using radio waves to study distant objects,
visit the following web site:
Find out how scientists study distant objects using the VLA and
To learn more about detection of electromagnetic radiation, visit
the following web sites:
Press Releases, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Search through a list of different press releases about scientific
discoveries and advancements made with a VLA.
Very Large Array and the Very Long Baseline Array, National
Radio Astronomy Observatory
Read about the radio telescope arrays that allow scientists to
look deep into space
To learn more about technologies that use electromagnetic radiation,
visit the following web sites:
of the Microwave
Learn more about the history and technology of the microwave oven.
does an x-ray machine work? Howstuffworks
Get the answer.
the product emit radiation? Device Advice
Get some helpful definitions and insights into the pervasive nature
of radiation-based technology.
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