AAS Meeting #194 - Chicago, Illinois, May/June 1999
Session 70. Astronomy and Education
Display, Wednesday, June 2, 1999, 10:00am-6:30pm, Southwest Exhibit Hall

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[70.11] Extrasolar Planet Detection with an Interactive Simulator

D. Koch (NASA Ames Research Center)

Educational software on extrasolar planet detection has been developed for the upper elementary, high school and college freshman level. This software describes: the latest results in extrasolar planet detection; what conditions affect a habitable planet; different planetary search methods and the details of the proposed Kepler Mission to search for earth-size planets. The core of the software is an interactive detection simulator in which the student records simulated data, and then analyzes it to determine the planetís orbit, temperature, size, mass and surface gravity. In addition, the student learns about stellar classification, temperatures, sizes and masses and the use of Keplerís third law. History and geography are also included in a section about Keplerís life and times.

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