Write a paper in which you discuss the science of sunlight and stars.

Option 2: Telescopes in Astronomy

View the following interactive multimedia located in the Classroom:

  • Telescopes self-guided tutorial
  • Light and Spectroscopy self-guided tutorial

Write a 1050- to 1,200-word paper in which you discuss the science of sunlight and stars. Include the following elements:

  • Explain how the telescope changed our view of the universe and our place in it.
  • Explain the major designs of telescopes and discuss their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Describe the best places to build ground-based telescopes and why astronomers choose those places.
  • Contrast the strengths and weaknesses between building telescopes on the Earth, in orbit, or even on the Moon.
  • Explain how different frequencies of light tell more about the birth, life, and death in the nature and properties of the Sun, the stars, and the universe.
  • Explain how telescopes manage to operate in wavelengths of light that stretch from radio waves to gamma rays.