A toolkit for Stellar Astronomy
Star Probe is a tool kit for teaching stellar processes and evolution.
The core of this kit is a multi-media program that students use to
do simulated astrophysical research by modeling a variety of stellar
objects.Students can use the program in two interdependent modes.
Probe a selected star
Users launch a hypothetical probe to selected stars. When the probe
arrives, users can perform a spectral analysis of the star or plunge
the probe into the starís interior to analyze physical conditions and
processes found there.
Starís life cycle simulation
In this mode, users select the mass of a star that will evolve from a
gas nebulae and watch the progress of that star as it moves through
its life cycle.
Lab manual and activities
The printable lab manual that includes additional related activities.
They include: determining spectral types, plotting evolutionary
pathways on Hertzsprung-Russell diagrams, determining changes
in density and temperature within stars, and more. The manual also
includes off-line activities in solar observing and spectral analysis.
Star Probe has been used
successfully in college and
high school astronomy
courses in North and South
America, Europe, and
Australia. Each CD comes
with a site license for use
on up to five computers.
Additional licensing is
available. Please request