The Electromagnetic Spectrum: Using Light and Color to Search for Astronomical Originsby: Denise Smith, Bonnie Eisenhamer, and Edna DeVore

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Using telescopes in space and on the ground for innovative research, NASA’s Astronomical Search for Origins program explores the universe at a variety of wavelengths. To help communicate the results of the Origins program in a manner that is directly relevant to the needs of the K-12 educators, NASA’s Office of Space Science has created the Origins Education Forum. The forum is an association of the individual education and public outreach programs conducted by each Origins mission.

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  • on Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:58 AM

Although this is an older article, the information in it is still timely. To learn more about the New Origins mission, one should use the link The one mentioned this article has been archived. There is a great set of links explaining how NASA missions use the electromagnetic spectrum for detection. Also, there is great additional background given into early experiments using different wavelengths of light (i.e. Herschel's experiment). With some modification, this is still a great resource for teachers wanting to find application of the EM spectrum for their students.

Ruth Lehmann Hutson  (Westmoreland, KS)
Ruth Lehmann Hutson (Westmoreland, KS)

  • on Thu Dec 04, 2014 12:50 PM

The Electromagnetic spectrum journal article was interesting and insightful. The journal provided the reader with strategies and examples of different activities that a teacher or anyone can do at home or in a classroom. One example is compare and contrast using a t chart or a Venn diagram. It provide useful background information and illustrated different learning styles within the activities. The journal gives insight into the Electromagnetic spectrum poster.


  • on Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:04 PM

This article opens up the many ways students in middle school can learn how the electromagnetic spectrum is used to search for the universe origins. This original NASA Origin project ( 2003) was archived in 2009 . The EM Spectrum poster and many of the mission websites are still available. A new projects Cosmic Origins website was launched in January 2011

Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton

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