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ISSUE 15 - July 2014

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The Fingerprint of the Stars: Main Title An Astronomy Lab On Spectroscopy (page 28)
Pedro Mondim, Ricardo Cardoso Reis, Filipe Pires

Secondary School, High School, Experiment Activities, Spectroscopy, Activities for Young People


Many Portuguese schools are not equipped to carry out the mandatory experimental activities covered by the school curriculum. In order to remedy this deficiency, the Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto (CAUP) has developed hands-on laboratories, offering schools several different experimental activities. This article will focus on one of these experiments, in which students build a spectroscope and use it to analyse different spectra. Pupils learn not only the practical methods of science but also the astronomical and everyday applications of spectroscopy.

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