By: Emma Silverman, Julian Kraidelman, Ian Brand
What is a spectroscope?
A spectroscope is an instrument that splits light into different wavelengths, which we see in different colors. Violet has the shortest wavelength and red has the longest wavelength.
There are very big spectroscopes that scientists use to examine the elements in stars
Spectroscopy and Stars!
Collecting the radiation the star gives off, astronomers can determine the brightness of each object. The difference of brightness tells the astronomers the distance of each star, the spectrum also contains the temperature, the mass, the chemical make-up, and the diameter of a star.
By identifying the colors emitted by a star, we can determine which elements make up the gas and what the temperature of the gas.