Name : Stellar Spectroscopy and Classification
The Stellar Spectroscopy and Classification workshop is a self-contained Keystage 4 and 5 workshop where students will investigate the spectra of stars taken by the Liverpool Telescope, and learn how to classify them. The main focus of the activity is for students to discover what spectroscopy is, how spectra are obtained, and how astronomers use the information to (i) learn more about the stars they observe and (ii) classify them according to distinct features in their spectra.
Age Range : 14 - 19 years
Workshop Time : 90 minutes
Colour enhanced spectrum of a star
Before starting the workshop, you might want to read our page about spectrographs.
You will then need to download the following presentation and 4 Excel files containing spectral data:
Data Files :
Known Stellar Spectra - Student Version : MS Excel Format
Known Stellar Spectra - Teacher Version: MS Excel Format
Mystery Stellar Spectra - Student Version: MS Excel Format
Mystery Stellar Spectra - Teacher Version: MS Excel Format