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2012 NASA’s Multiwavelength Universe Online Professional Development Course

By SpaceRef Editor
June 22, 2012
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In-service and pre-service teachers of middle- and high-school students are invited to register for an online professional development course sponsored by several NASA missions that are exploring the universe across the electromagnetic spectrum.

The course is offered for academic or continuing education credit through Sonoma State University. In the course, participants will be shown how to use astronomical examples (images, phenomena, telescopes) to describe the nature of light and color in terms of the regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Participants will also learn why NASA uses a variety of telescopes and space-based instruments to make observations of the universe. NASA resources for the classroom will be shared, and participants will learn how NASA resources can be used to address common student misconceptions about the nature of light and color.

Formal presentations for the course will take place on four dates between June 25 and July 13, 2012, but will also be available for archival viewing. Homework for academic credit is due Aug. 17, 2012.

Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. Auditors are also welcomed, on a space-available basis.

For more information and to register, visit

Questions about this course should be directed to Lynn Cominsky at [email protected]

SpaceRef staff editor.