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Stellar Spectroscopy

Name : Stellar Spectroscopy and Classification

Description :

The Stellar Spectroscopy and Classification workshop is a self-contained Keystage 4 and 5 workshop where students will investigate the spectra of stars taken by the Liverpool Telescope, and learn how to classify them. The main focus of the activity is for students to discover what spectroscopy is, how spectra are obtained, and how astronomers use the information to (i) learn more about the stars they observe and (ii) classify them according to distinct features in their spectra.

Age Range : 14 - 19 years

Workshop Time : 90 minutes

Colour enhanced spectrum of a star
Credit: N.A.Sharp, NOAO/NSO/Kitt Peak FTS/AURA/NSF


Before starting the workshop, you might want to read our page about spectrographs.

You will then need to download the following presentation and 4 Excel files containing spectral data:

Introductory Presentation : MS PowerPoint or PDF Format

Data Files :

Known Stellar Spectra - Student Version : MS Excel FormatExcel

Known Stellar Spectra - Teacher Version: MS Excel FormatExcel

Mystery Stellar Spectra - Student Version: MS Excel FormatExcel

Mystery Stellar Spectra - Teacher Version: MS Excel FormatExcel



Please note that over the weekend of the 26-28th May 2017 we will be switching over to our brand new website - during this time there may be periods where the site is difficult to access, and users will be unable to request observations from the telescope. Please bear with us during this time. All should be back up and running by the 29th May 2017.