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published by the Public Broadcasting Service
This nova site provides a simulation of the identification of elements in a star, a nebula, a planet, and a galaxy.  The user matches individual spectral lines of seven elements to lines in the observed spectrum of each object.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
- Fundamentals
= Properties of Light
= Spectra
- Space Exploration
Electricity & Magnetism
- Electromagnetic Radiation
= Electromagnetic Spectrum
- High School
- Middle School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
- Reference Material
Intended Users Formats Ratings
- Learners
- Educators
- application/flash
- text/html
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© 2007
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element, emission, spectra, spectroscopy, spectrum
Record Creator:
Metadata instance created December 19, 2007 by Ann Deml
Record Updated:
June 17, 2011 by Lyle Barbato
Last Update
when Cataloged:
January 7, 2004
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(Public Broadcasting Service, Arlington, 2007), WWW Document, (
Decoding Cosmic Spectra, (Public Broadcasting Service, Arlington, 2007), <>.
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Decoding Cosmic Spectra. (2004, January 7). Retrieved October 16, 2018, from Public Broadcasting Service:
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Public Broadcasting Service. Decoding Cosmic Spectra. Arlington: Public Broadcasting Service, January 7, 2004. (accessed 16 October 2018).
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Decoding Cosmic Spectra. Arlington: Public Broadcasting Service, 2007. 7 Jan. 2004. 16 Oct. 2018 <>.
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@misc{ Title = {Decoding Cosmic Spectra}, Publisher = {Public Broadcasting Service}, Volume = {2018}, Number = {16 October 2018}, Month = {January 7, 2004}, Year = {2007} }
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