Learn about the colors of gases!

Spectroscopes and their spectral.

Spectroscopes are instruments that are used to view the spectra of different element. Spectra is a word used to describe the various colors when a prism is used to separate light. Their are three main types of spectra, Continuous, Emission, and Absorption. (To the right the diagram shows how a spectroscope works.)

Use of Spectroscope

Spectroscopes can be used to determine what type of gases are on a planet or star. Based on the type and colors of a spectrum scientists are able to figure out what type of gas it is. This also helps scientists determine if a planet may be inhabitable or maybe even have life forms living on it

The Three Types Of Spectrums

Watch a Video on Spectroscopes and How They Work


Gases In Our Universe