Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation Lesson for Kids


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Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson accidentally discovered the CMB. What did they originally think it was?

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1. Why was the discovery of the Cosmic Microwave Background so important?

2. What created the Cosmic Microwave Background, or CMB?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet will test your understanding of Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) radiation. Topics include the accidental discovery of the CMB and the reason it was really important.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These points will be addressed:

  • The creation of the CMB
  • What humans can see/hear in the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Award for the scientists who discovered the CMB

Skills Practiced

  • Reading awareness - make sure you know the most important information from the lesson on Cosmic Microwave Background radiation and how it was discovered
  • Remembering details - remember what you've learned about the importance of the discovery of the CMB
  • Learning practice - use what you know to answer questions about the formation of the CMB and what we can see or hear in the electromagnetic spectrum

Additional Learning

Find out more about the CMB with the lesson called Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation Lesson for Kids. You'll be covering the following key points:

  • Details about the origins of our universe
  • Different types of waves that travel through the air
  • Tools that were used for the CMB discovery in the Smithsonian Institution