Day in the Park: Telescopes

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Now I know all of these embedded YouTube videos look the same, but each one below points to a different segment of the video. We've identified each speaker's section, so you can go right to that clip rather than looking for it in the complete video (if you do want to watch the complete video, that is linked just above this text). Keep scrolling past the videos for links to resources and information related to today's exploration of telescopes!

In this segment, Nathan Tehrani talks about the electromagnetic spectrum and how space telescopes tell us more about the early history of our universe, how stars form, and more. This includes a demonstration of IR light using a remote control, the history of Hubble including its repair, Chandra the X-ray telescope, Spitzer the IR telescope, and how composite images from all three are created.

Duration: 28:07

Nathan Tehrani

Guidance, Navigation, & Control Engineer / NASA IV&V Program

Josh shares images of the Moon and an activity where students infer the color of post-it notes based on what they see in red, green, and blue filters (activity sheet). Learn about how scientists combined images of the Moon (visible, IR, radio, x-ray) with rocks collected by the Apollo astronauts to understand more about the composition and formation of the Moon.

Duration: 11:46

Josh Revels

NASA IV&V Education Outreach Specialist / Fairmont State University

Learn about spectroscopy with Evan! Using a collection of gases tubes, a generator, and a diffraction grating, we can learn about the composition of our atmosphere and of distant stars. Excellent way to learn a bit of chemistry, physics, and astronomy.

Duration: 9:05

Evan Lewis


Ellie shares a WV SPOT presentation, The Invisible Universe 2.0. From the earliest telescopes to the Green Bank Telescope, learn about how this technology has helped us to learn more about the universe and our place in it. Learn about (and hear!) pulsars, special stars that astronomers (and high schoolers!) use to learn more about the universe.

Duration: 38:43

Ellie White

WV SPOT Ambassador

Join a class from East Fairmont Middle School as Luci helps them collect data with the 20m radio telescope at Green Bank Observatory. Learn about how radio telescopes work, why the telescopes at Green Bank were built where they were, how pulsars are formed, and why they are important. See how scientists use the 20m telescope to collect data in real time!

Duration: 46:18

Luci Finucan

Green Bank Observatory Educator

Luci continues the fun with a tour of the control room of the Green Bank Telescope. Get a glimpse behind the scenes of this amazing radio telescope!

Duration: 29:17

Luci Finucan

Green Bank Observatory Educator


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Experimenting with Colored Filters

Electromagnetic War

This printable card game can be played with your friends!

James Webb Space Telescope

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Learn about the telescope that will be the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. Webb will view the universe in infrared, or light beyond the red end of the visible spectrum. Read about the telescope and the mission. Watch videos and study infographics to learn about the next space telescope.

Nathan Tehrani

Guidance, Navigation, & Control Engineer

NASA IV&V Program

Josh Revels

NASA IV&V Education Outreach Specialist

Fairmont State University

Sophie de Saint Georges

WV SPOT Coordinator

Green Bank Observatory

Sue Ann Heatherly

Senior Education Officer

Green Bank Observatory

Evan Lewis


Clay Burrows

WV SPOT Ambassador

Caitlin Moore

WV SPOT Ambassador

Ellie White

WV SPOT Ambassador

Luci Finucan

Green Bank Observatory Educator

President Mirta Martin

President of Fairmont State University

Director Greg Blaney

Director of NASA's IV&V Program

NASA IV&V Facility

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