Friday, July 26, 2013

Infrared demonstration by Jessica Harris from the Space Science Telescope Institute

We had a great visit from Jessica Harris, Outreach Specialist at the Space Science Telescope Institute, on Tuesday, July 23rd.  Ms. Harris talked with our students about the Hubble Space Telescope and the soon-to-be-released James Webb Space Telescope.  Also, Ms. Harris brought an infrared camera and did a great demonstration of infrared detection. (The James Webb Space Telescope will use infrared detection to "see" distant, new-born stars.)  Her first demonstration was "cold hands."  Two students held some ice.  Can see you see what happened to their hands?  Then, she had two students hold a warm and cold cup.  Can you see the difference?  We brought out one of our Mexican Salamanders to show how cold-blooded animals show up in infrared.  Tyshay "wrote" on a white board with ice.  Finally, Amaia and Tylia stood on the floor with bared feet...look at the picture and see if you can see what happened!

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