Classroom Activity

The Atmospheric Filter Unit
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Audience: Educators
Grades: 5-8


This unit about the atmosphere includes five demonstrations and an activity for students to show how Earth's atmosphere filters or distorts electromagnetic radiation. Through a series of brief demonstrations given by the teacher, students observe some of the problems inherent in using astronomical telescopes on Earth's surface. A reproducible student worksheet is included.

The Atmospheric Filter Unit [185KB PDF file]

This unit of study is part of the Space-Based Astronomy Educator Guide.