Astronomy in Color
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Learning Goals for Astronomy in Color

Astronomy images are amazing, and students enjoy the beautiful, full color images from Hubble and other telescopes. Few students understand, however, how these color images are produced or the scientific information they convey.

This module is designed to allow students to experiment with the production of color image from astronomical data. Specific learning goals include the following

  • How astronomers produce color images from monochrome images at different wavelengths.
  • How astronomers use pseudocolor to display images at wavelengths invisible to the human eye.
  • How astronomers use images taken through different color filters to explore the physical characteristcs of astronomical objects (temperature, density, and composition).

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RBSEU is funded through a CCLI grant from the National Science Foundation



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