You have just discovered a brilliant new supernova remnant using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. The Director of NASA Deep Space Research has requested a report of your results in her office in 45 minutes. Unfortunately, your computer crashed fatally while you were creating an image of the supernova remnant from the numerical data and you also lost a small amount of back up data. To fix the situation you will create, by hand, an image of the supernova remnant.
Grade: 4-8 /Topics: coding, color, astronomy
You have discovered a new supernova remnant using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. The Director of NASA Deep Space Research has requested a report of your results. Unfortunately, your computer crashed fatally while you were creating an image of the supernova remnant from the numerical data. To fix this, you will create, by hand, an image of the supernova remnant.
Grade: 8-12 /Topics: coding, color, astronomy
Understanding cosmic distance to a supernova remnant
Students work with a photograph to determine its scale and the time taken by light and matter to reach a specified distance.
Grade: 6-8 /Topics: Scale drawings; unit conversion; distance = speed x time
Rate of change of expanding debris for a supernova remnant
Using a millimeter ruler and a sequence of images of a gaseous shell between 2000 and 2005, students calculate the speed of the material ejected by Supernova 1987A.
Grade: 6-9 | Topics: Measuring; Metric Units; speed=distance/time
Chemical makeup of part of Cassiopeia A's atmosphere:
Students determine the mass of the carbon atmosphere of the neutron star Cas-A.
Grade: 8-10 | Topics: Volume of spherical shell; mass = density x volume
A Pulsar Shot Out from a Supernova Explosion!
Exploring the Evaporating Exoplanet
Giant Gas Cloud in System NGC 6240
Chandra Sees a Distant Planet Evaporating
Estimating the Size and Mass of a Black Hole
The Crab Nebula: Exploring a pulsar up close!
What is the X-ray Universe? Why observe the Universe with different types of telescopes? These questions and others are answered. Special feature: an activity in which you make an X-ray image of a galaxy cluster.
Most of the Universe is dark. The protons, neutrons and electrons that make up the stars, planets and us represent only a small fraction of the mass and energy of the Universe. The rest is dark and mysterious. How can X-rays help reveal the secrets of this darkness?