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Visit this Annenberg Media website find out how to analyze the spectrum of a star and determine its composition.  The site displays spectra of various elements and then shows a stellar spectrum, so you can match spectral lines and identify elements in the star. Several samples of stellar spectra are provided.
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Keywords: Stellar spectra, diffraction, light, spectrum, teacher workshop
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Record Updated: Jul 08, 2009 by Caroline Hall
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