Herschel: Mysteries of the Cold Universe

2009 saw the launch, by the European Space Agency, of a new space telescope. Find out why we need to view the stars from space and what the scientists hope to discover. How do different kinds of telescopes work, and how can they let us see what the universe was like 10 billion years ago?

What can coloured fire and thermal cameras tell us about the birth and death of stars? See how invisible light can be gathered, directed and analysed to study stardust and comb the cosmos!

 

Learning Objectives

Key Stage 4

After watching the show key Stage 4 pupils should:

  • Understand that telescopes are light collectors
  • Identify the difference between reflecting and refracting telescopes
  • Recognise the value of viewing space at varying wavelengths
  • Recognise the role of UK scientists in international research

 

Duration

45 or 55 minute versions available

Suggested audiences

  • 13-17 year olds
  • Families or mixed age groups
  • Festivals and events

We will need the venue to provide

  • Power sockets
  • Projector screen
  • Room that can be darkened
  • Two long tables
  • Drinking water for the Presenter
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      J. Ford, Barry Comprehensive
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      Students at Carshalton High School for Girls
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      R. Newby, The Training Partnership
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      J. Heaton-Marriott, Lancashire Science Festival
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