AAVSO: American Association of Variable Star Observers

Light and Optics Demonstrations for Astronomy (Abstract)

Volume 36 number 2 (2008)

Mary Ann Kadooka

Abstract

(Abstract only) How can you excite your audience about astronomy and telescopes when you have your star parties? What happens to the light coming from distant nebula or planet as it goes through the telescope to your eye? A basic physics review with demonstrations using mirrors and lenses will be used to answer this question. You will experience a discrepant phenomenon with an unexpected outcome. This creates a sense of wonder and the need for an explanation, motivating the person to learn more science. This is the goal of educational outreach, sharing a passion and wanting others to feel that same passion for astronomy.