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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
  • 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
  • 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 optical sky
M45 (The Pleiades)

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

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.

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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