You are now in the Experiments section. Listed below are
interactive experiments that can be used to teach all ages about the art and
science of space-based Remote Sensing. The experiments focus on how NASA uses
Remote Sensing to study how and why Earth changes.
The Earthís average temperature rose by more than half a degree Celsius over the
last century. What caused this change? Join NASAís Earth Observatory Team in an
investigation into the causes and effects of global warming.
Composite Editor (ICE)
The Image Composite
Editor is designed to be an easy first step into the realm of Earth system
science, image processing, data analysis, and satellite remote sensing via your
Web browser. ICE is a java applet with several modes for analysing remote
sensing data, including color image composites with multiple wavelengths,
display of time series, mathematical functions between multiple datasets, and
analysis tools such as scatterplots and histograms.
These twelve activities, using Quicktime movies and 3-D snapshots of Earth,
allow students and educators to observe our planet's patterns of change, over
time and space, and to think critically about what might be the causes and
effects of those changes. The activities can be used independently of one
another or as a series.
The following two activities are designed for teachers to use in classrooms as
supplementary, interdisciplinary units. Mission: Biomes is especially
appropriate for grades 3 through 8, and is designed to be interactive and
self-correction which will allow each student to work at his or her own pace.
with False-Color Images
Build a composite false-image of a scene of the Amazon rainforest
using 3 of the fifty bands provided by the MODIS Airborne Simulator (MAS)
Compositer. Learn how various bands of the electromagnetic spectrum can be
combined to show things that the normal human eye canít detect. In this case
itís the difference between fire, smoke, and clouds.
This pair of lessons uses
satellite imagery to investigate earthquake faults near San Francisco,
California. Urban Sprawl asks students to compare maps of earthquake
locations to regions of urban growth shown by satellite data. Students evaluate
recent seismic activity near geologic faults in Active or Not? That Is The
Stuff involving these three heavenly bodies.
BUILD A SOLAR SYSTEM - The Exploratorium The Exploratorium
SOLAR SYSTEM (JAVA APPLET) - UCLA
Earth and Moon Viewer or John
Walker's Home Page
PERIGEE AND APOGEE CALCULATOR - J. Walker
Stuff involving these three heavenly bodies
Parallax Measure the distance to nearby stars using stellar parallax,
then plot them on a Hertzsprung-Russell diagram.
Look at the redshift of stars and try to determine if there are large
planets influencing them.
Measuring Applet for Stellar Spectra Displays stellar spectral lines
and allows you to determine the continuum.
and Stellar Spectra measure the temperature and total flux.
Jupiter Simulation 3D Jupiter and its four largest moons.
and its moons >
Many MoonsWatchVisible Sky
Stars, constellations, planets.
Intro to Astronomy
Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
Applet visible sky polar chart, with the sun, moon, 4
planets and 56 stars
SOLAR SYSTEM (JAVA APPLET) - E. L. Gans, Department of French, UCLA
Another one (with comet)
SOLAR SYSTEM SIMULATOR - Jet Propulsion
Laboratory (JPL), NASA
Simulation Requires Java3D
for Java Plugin
161: the solar system
Solar System Simulator
Julian Date Conversion
Sunset/Sunrise, Moon Phases in Real-Time, etc.
What happens when you move very very
which however mixes up the relativistic distortion with the fish-eye
distortion that comes from the Mercator Projection of the sphere.
Light Speed! Daniel
Richard G.'s does a snazzy job. It offers many options you can
turn on or off, including colour shifts. Requires OpenGL.
Warp Adam Auton's
is an interactive simulator with many options, and a nice tutorial.
Requires Windows and OpenGL.
Relativistic Flight Simulation
Nobel e-Museum: Relativity a basic, non-technical introduction to
the development of special relativity
Relativity: The Special and General Theory
Special Relativity Invalid?
Anisotropy Probe (WMAP)
MacTutor History of Mathematics: Special Relativity by Professor
Edmund Robertson and Dr. John J. O'Connor of the University of St. Andrews
Acceleration in Special Relativity
Laser Interferometer Gravitational
Wave Observatory (LIGO) at MIT
cockpit tour of the solar system
the Universe, and the Electron - Do you know what an electron is?
Or how electrons can be used to see on a microscopic level? This well-designed
site is a celebration of the centenary of the discovery of the electron.
The ABCs of Nuclear Science
- A soup-to-nuts site exploring the atom, with a detailed glossary and
many activities and high-school level experiments. This site requires
frames and, due to its horizontal layout, may be hard to view on small
monitors. paper airplanes.
fun @ learning . physics
Vibe oscillator simulator
Angular momentum conservation