The Glass & Mirrors Toolkit
If you have access to some lenses and mirrors in your school science supply room, this set of demonstration activities will help your students understand more about how telescopes work, the differences between telescopes made with mirrors and those made with lenses, and how we are continuing the tradition of Galileo and Newton in building new telescopes today.
How do telescopes actually work?
Why are bigger telescopes better?
What’s the difference between telescopes made with lenses
(refractors) and telescopes made with a mirror (reflectors)?
How are the telescopes of Galileo and Newton similar to telescope
Using a simple setup with lenses and
mirrors, demonstrate how a telescope collects
light, focuses it, and then magnifies the image.
Presenters: A minimum of one person.
Visitors: Up to 10 people
at a time is appropriate.
About 15 minutes.
The Glass and Mirrors manual
is a 34-page PDF file. Click here to
Contributed by Astronomical
Society of the Pacific.