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How Do The Properties of Light Help Us To Study Supernovae and Their Remnants?

How Do The Properties of Light Help Us To Study Supernovae and Their Remnants?

This resource describes special properties of light that can help us to understand objects that are millions and billions of light years away. Students explore some of these properties and how they can use them to understand our universe. They will understand that superheated material created by the supernova explosion gives off X-rays and gamma-rays. They will find the answers to questions such as what electromagnetic (EM) radiation is and what units are used to characterize it. They also learn that it pays to make multiple observations of astronomical objects, since they emit light of different energies, that supernovae remnants can give off visible light, ultraviolet light, radio waves and X-rays, and that each observation of a supernovae remnant can give us different information about it. The site also includes a student exercise and links to more information.

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