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.
- 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
- 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