Exploring Telescopes and
In this lab, you will pick a telescope/waveband, investigate
its properties, and then make a short (about five minute)
presentation on what you and your group found. Don't panic about
the presentation - it will be less a presentation than a group
discussion, as everyone else should have questions for you (and
you should have questions for other people).
So, here's the drill. We'll pick projects and groups in
class, and then you'll have about an hour to find information. If
you want to look up a telescope before class, that's great - but
be aware that not everyone can report on the Hubble Space
Telescope. After you investigate your telescope, we make our
short group presentations. The only thing you have to write for
this lab is a conclusion - what you learned from your and other
There are a large number of optical telescopes that you could
possibly talk about. There are also some very interesting
projects going on in wavebands other than visible light: think
radio, infrared, Xray, even gamma ray. If you would like to cover
more than just one single telescope and bring other telescopes
from the same waveband into your presentation, that's fine. You
could tell us about why we should want to look at the universe in
that waveband (what is there to see?), what difficulties there
are, any interesting history of the telescope, how it works, or
anything else you think is relevant.
Here are some links to help you get started. If you find
something else that you would rather talk about, ask me about it.
- Gamma Ray
- Neutrino telescopes or Gravitational Wave 'telescopes'
also can be used to find out about the universe. There
are links to some of these telescopes (and others -
optical, radio, xray..) at Ken
Chamber's Telescope Page.
That's a lot of possibilities. Also remember that
might have some information, and you can always
do a web search to look for webpages put up by people who are
working on these projects.