Welcome to the GMT Supernovae page, a forum for K-12 students.
The Giant Magellan Telescope is designed to operate for at least 50 years once it is completed. That means that some of the greatest discoveries coming out of the GMT will be made by future generations of astronomers—astronomers who are currently students like you.
Join us as a member of the GMT Supernovae and follow us along our journey to build one of the world’s biggest optical telescopes. All you have to do is download our digital badge and come back and visit us regularly.
We’ll be posting updates about our progress, facts about the GMT, and other great information.
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Are you ready to learn more about physics and astronomy? Check out our list of resources below.
Have a question? Contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org or through social media (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn). (We also like getting (and posting) pictures, drawings, and videos from our Supernovae members.)
Light: The Electromagnetic Spectrum
“A very brief qualitative introduction to diffraction for high school physics students.”
“A spectrograph is an instrument used to obtain and record an astronomical spectrum. The spectrograph splits or disperses the light from an object into its component wavelengths so that it can be recorded then analyzed. These steps are discussed in more detail.”
“How does a lens form an image? See how light rays are refracted by a lens. Watch how the image changes when you adjust the focal length of the lens, move the object, move the lens, or move the screen.”
“One of the most important “secret rituals” of an astronomical observatory is the aluminising of the telescope’s mirror. The 4-metre primary mirror of the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT) is a huge chunk of finely polished glass-ceramic that has been coated with a thin layer of aluminium to create the reflective surface.”
“Explore the history of telescopes from Galileo to NASA’s Great Observatories.”
“GMT staff and scientists discuss the Giant Magellan Telescope’s mirrors and the science that they will enable.”
“Inside this box you can animate the different stages in a star’s life and see how its brightness, size, and mass change with time.”
“The Hubble Deep Field image reveals much about our cosmos. Use astronomers’ methods to unlock the universe’s secrets!”
“It’s the ultimate clash of the titans: galaxies smashing together in a bid for cosmic dominance. Our own Milky Way is charging toward impact: discover its fate”
The Origin of the Universe
The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington is proud to present Everyday Cosmology, a website devoted to the history of cosmology from the time of Galileo to the present day. Learn about the most important discoveries in Astronomy that have shaped our view of the Universe. Includes an historical time-line and learning activities.
An interactive animation showing the size scale from smaller than atoms to the size of the universe.