Methods for Measuring & Studying the Sun


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What two pieces of information can we get from the spectrum of the Sun?

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1. What do you have to look for in the Sun's spectrum to figure out the temperature?

2. Which of the following features of the Sun can be figured out using geometry?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

It can be difficult to research the Sun, but scientists have several ways to measure and study it. The practice questions in this multiple-choice quiz will ask you about these methods and what information about the sun we're able to measure.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz will assess the following topics:

  • What the spectrum of the sun tells us
  • The feature of the Sun's spectrum that helps us figure out its temperature
  • Which feature of the Sun can be figured out by using geometry
  • Why measuring and researching the Sun is difficult
  • Evidence that the Sun is powered by nuclear fusion

Skills Practiced

Skills practiced include:

  • Knowledge application - use what you know about the Sun to answer questions about its spectrum and what it can tell us
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about geometry and how it can be used to measure an important feature of the Sun
  • Distinguishing differences - be able to assess statements about the Sun and determine what is and what's not true

Additional Learning

To learn more about how we study the sun, check out the lesson called Methods for Measuring & Studying the Sun. With this lesson, you will be able to cover these objectives:

  • Learn how far the Sun is away from the Earth
  • Understand the term used for measuring the Sun's spectrum
  • Illustrate the parallax effect
  • Learn what would happen to the Sun if nuclear fusion did not occur