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Vegetable Light Curves DLESE Reviewed Collection
In this activity, students will observe the surface of rotating potatoes to help them understand how astronomers can sometimes determine the shape of asteroids from variations in reflective brightness. When astronomers graph data relating to reflective brightness as a function of time, the resulting graph is called a "light curve."
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Lesson plan
Subject:
  • Space science
  • Technology
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
None.
DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-ESERevProd-000-000-000-415
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: John Ristvey
McRel