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Identifying Elements in the Stars
This educational brief provides a description of the use of spectroscopy to identify elements in the stars, including a scientific explanation of bright line and dark line spectra, from an historical perspective. A list of links to additional information and images of atomic spectra is also provided.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
Subject:
  • Physics
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-Edmall-236
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Goddard Space flight Center
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/home/index.html