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NASA's XMM-Newton Mission Partners with LTI to Develop an X-ray STARLAB Cylinder. By Tim Graves and Dr. Lynn Cominsky of Sonoma State University. What is the Starlab. A portable planetarium Silver fabric dome Projector Fan Vast array of projection cylinders

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Nasa s xmm newton mission partners with lti to develop an x ray starlab cylinder

NASA's XMM-Newton Mission Partners with LTI to Develop an X-ray STARLAB Cylinder

By Tim Graves and Dr. Lynn Cominsky of Sonoma State University


What is the starlab
What is the Starlab X-ray STARLAB Cylinder

  • A portable planetarium

    • Silver fabric dome

    • Projector

    • Fan

    • Vast array of projection cylinders

  • Designed by Learning Technologies Inc.


What we do at ssu
What we do at SSU X-ray STARLAB Cylinder

  • We are the NASA Education and Public Outreach group for the XMM Newton space science mission.

  • XMM Newton Science Goals

    • When and where are the chemical elements created?

    • How does nature heat gas to X-ray emitting temperatures?


The xmm newton starlab cylinder
The XMM Newton Starlab Cylinder X-ray STARLAB Cylinder


The optical sky

M45 (The Pleiades) X-ray STARLAB Cylinder

Sirius A

M88 (Spiral Galaxy)

Orion

The Optical Sky

Featuring some common objects that students may be familiar with


The x ray sky

Sirius B X-ray STARLAB Cylinder

M88 in X-rays

The X-ray Sky

  • The unfamiliar X-ray sky provoking questions about

  • X-rays

  • The electromagnetic spectrum

  • The nature of X-ray objects in the universe.


Tying it all together

Sirius A and B, a nearby binary star system. X-ray STARLAB Cylinder

Sirius B, a white dwarf has a surface temp. of over 25,000 degrees! Note

that Sirius A is brighter in optical, but dimmer in X-rays.

Tying it all Together

The night sky in both optical and X-rays.

X-ray is in BLUE

Optical is in RED


Accompanying materials
Accompanying Materials X-ray STARLAB Cylinder

  • Along with the X-ray Cylinder will be an activity book.

    • Discussing the X-ray sky

    • X-ray objects

    • Packed full of other ready-to-use activities in line with other Learning Technologies Inc. booklets.


Finding and using a starlab
Finding and Using a Starlab X-ray STARLAB Cylinder

  • Where can I get my hands on a Starlab???

    • If you’re nearby SSU visit http://epo.sonoma.edu/starlab and you can reserve ours online for $30 a day or $100 a week.

    • Call or email Learning Technologies Inc. to see if there is a local Starlab owner in your area who might let you borrow it for you students.


Links and acknowledgements
Links and Acknowledgements X-ray STARLAB Cylinder

  • Thanks to Learning Technologies Inc. for embarking on this project with us.

  • SSU EPO - http://epo.sonoma.edu

  • XMM EPO – http://xmm.sonoma.edu

  • LTI - [email protected] or 1 (800) 537-8703 or http://www.starlab.com/


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