Series of Hangouts on Air on Astronomy and Planetary Science supported by Ellinogermaniki Agogi and NUCLIO in the framework of the European Science Education Academy and the Galileo Teacher Training Programme. Hangouts are hosted by Dr Pamela L. Gay. GTTP invite you to work along with the series to create classroom educational materials while earning badges and certificates as you progress.
Black Body Radiation, 29 May
As children, we’re taught to paint cold things blue and hot things red. In science we learn that blue things are actually far hotter than red things! In this Hangout, we will learn how hot objects radiate energy as light of many colors following what is called a black body curve.
The Big Bang, 27 May
We can’t observer how the universe formed, but scientists are still willing to say that we know the universe was created through a Big Bang. In this hangout, you learn the three main lines of evidence for the Big Bang: the universe is expanding, the Cosmic Microwave Radiation, and the mixture of chemical elements.
Electromagnetic Spectrum, 22 April
Today, we are able to study the universe in many colors that can’t be seen with our eyes. From detecting X-rays, to listening to the radio universe, we are able to use digital detectors to “see” hidden aspects of distant objects. In this Hangout, we will review the electromagnetic spectrum. Inspiring Science Education hangout on 22 April 2015 discussed ‘Electromagnetic Spectrum’.
Gas Laws with Stars and Nebulae, 8 April
Much of the evolution of the universe can be described through the pull of gravity and push of pressure. Gravity condenses gas, it heats up, and if it can, it expands, and if it can’t, stars are formed. In this Hangout, we will consider the gas laws, and look at different kinds of nebulae. Inspiring Science Education hangout on 8 April 2015 discussed ‘Gas Laws with Stars and Nebulae’.
Stars and Energy Transport, 25 March
The Earth is warm because energy created in the core of the Sun is able to travel from the Sun’s Core to its surface, and then shine through space all the way to Earth. As it travels, the light is transformed from deadly high-energy particles to the nice warm light that keeps us alive. In this hangout we discuss the primary ways energy is transported: convection, conduction, and radiation.
Star (and planet) Formation, 11 March
Our universe started as a fog of particles, but slight variations in density allowed the formation of stars, galaxies, and the large-scale structures of the universe. In this Hangout we discuss early structure formation and fast forward to today’s stars with planets.
The Four Forces & the Standard Model of Particles 11 February
Everything in our universe is made up of a very small numbers of particles, and is controlled by just four forces. In this Hangout the expert panel discusses these basic building blocks of everything.
Chasing Comets (part 2), 28 January
The solar system is littered with Ice. The bulk of this material orbits quietly in the outer Solar System, but sometimes, something disturbs the ice and the come plunging in toward the Sun. In this Hangout, we will discuss comets, how we explore them, and how they brought water to worlds like Earth. Streamed live on 28 Jan 2015 part two of ‘Chasing Comets’ touched base on the topic.
Chasing Comets (part 1), 14 January
The solar system is littered with Ice. The bulk of this material orbits quietly in the outer Solar System, but sometimes, something disturbs the ice and the come plunging in toward the Sun. In this Hangout, we discuss comets, how we explore them, and how they brought water to worlds like Earth. Streamed live on 14 Jan 2015 ‘Chasing Comets’ touched base on the topic.