NASA Wavelength

Should this Laser Slinging Slug have Fired his Weapon?

This fact card discusses the shape of space and how light is affected by the amount of dark matter and energy in the universe. MAP's microwave detection gives us enormous insight into the creation of this matter and energy.

MY NASA DATA: Using Hovmuller Plots to Better Understand Temperature and Salinity

A Hovmuller plot is a diagram that visibly displays data patterns from a selected latitude or longitude over a time period. Through a storyline and several samples, students are introduced to a Hovmuller plot of temperature data along a longitude in the eastern United States.

ClimateBits: Fast Carbon, Slow Carbon

This video is narrated by NASA scientist Peter Griffith who explains fast and slow carbon cycling on Earth. A banana is an example of fast, young carbon. A chunk of coal is an example of old, slow carbon.

MY NASA DATA: How Does the Earth's Energy Budget Relate to Polar Ice?

By matching maps of snow and ice amounts with maps of net radiation flux for the same time frame, students will use the Live Access Server to explore how the net radiation flux has affected the snow and ice amounts in the Northern Hemisphere, as well as how the presence of snow can affect the net

Soil Chapter-The Data Game

To determine if data values are reasonable, students need to understand the units of measurement and be able to estimate the expected range of values in data.

The Evidence is "Clear"!

In this lesson, students consider observations and inferences to determine the support for each of two theories on the origin of the universe: Steady State and Big Bang.

A Trip to the Infrared Zoo

In this multi-day activity, students use infrared and visible images of animals and sort them into broad categories based upon the learner's own reasoning and observations of the images.

Science Exploration: A Rainbow Connection

This is an activity about light and its component colors. Learners will observe a photograph of a rainbow and make observations about what they see in the photo. Next, they will observe a rainbow spectrum and draw the rainbow using crayons.

Chandra Photo Album

This collection features images taken by the Chandra X-ray Observatory, including image descriptions and comparison with optical images. Search options include chronological listings, images by category, and images by interest such as multi-wavelength and top rated images.

What Heats the Earth's Interior?

In this textbook chapter, students learn about the source of the Earth's internal heat engine, convection in the Earth's core, the role of superplumes in Earth's history, and the influence of tectonic activity on the Earth's climate.