Bill Nye Searches For Water On Jupiter

How can researchers measure the amount of water on Jupiter? Through a thought-provoking THNKR "Why with Nye!" video, young space scientists search for the universal solvent on a distant planet. Topics include how scientists use visible and infrared light in the process, as well as the connection between heat, microwaves, and water concentration.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Pair the resource with a study of the amounts of water present on other planets in our solar system
  • Illustrate the concepts in the video by microwaving a cup of water and showing the class the resulting calculations of wavelength versus time
Classroom Considerations
  • Conduct a quick review of the electromagnetic spectrum with younger learners before watching the video
  • Gives excellent examples of the parts of the electromagnetic spectrum involved in the search for water on Jupiter
  • Presents material in a manner that makes it easy for students to connect with the concepts

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