Remember the solar eclipse, back in August? Did you learn anything? For one Toronto family of solar citizen scientists, the pan-continental blackout was actually pretty illuminating. Now they’re sharing their […]
Remember the solar eclipse, back in August? Did you learn anything?
For one Toronto family of solar citizen scientists, the pan-continental blackout was actually pretty illuminating. Now they’re sharing their work with a group of astronomy pros and enthusiasts.
Arushi Nath, 8, and Artash Nath, 11, travelled with dad Vikas and mom Rati to Carbondale, Ill., where the period of “totality” — total darkness — maxed out at two minutes and 40 seconds.
They brought along their homemade device, dubbed “Solar-X,” which is made from a lunch box but contains a small solar panel with a voltage meter and sensors to measure temperature, air pressure, humidity, visible light and infrared radiation.
They’ve been busy analyzing the data — all 20,000 lines and seven columns of it — ever since. The kids started working on their graphs on the way home.
On Wednesday, they presented their findings to the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada club at the Ontario Science Centre.
The highlight of their results: a steep drop in temperature from 34 C to a low of 30.5 C while the moon was blocking the sun. However, if it weren’t for the excess of heat-retaining greenhouse gases humans have put into the atmosphere, it would have fallen even more, Vikas said.
“Earth has this amazing power to radiate the heat back into the atmosphere. As soon as you turn off the incoming radiation, it loses the heat so quickly,” he said.
Best of the Fair Award, Gold Medal, Top of the Category, Youth Can Innovate, and Excellence in Astronomy Awards at Canada Wide Science Fair 2023 and 2022. RISE 100 Global Winner, Silver Medal, International Science and Engineering Fair 2022, Gold Medal, Canada Wide Science Fair 2021, NASA SpaceApps Global 2020, Gold Medalist – IRIC North American Science Fair 2020, BMT Global Home STEM Challenge 2020. Micro:bit Challenge North America Runners Up 2020. NASA SpaceApps Toronto 2019, 2018, 2017, 2014. Imagining the Skies Award 2019. Jesse Ketchum Astronomy Award 2018. Hon. Mention at 2019 NASA Planetary Defense Conference. Emerald Code Grand Prize 2018. Canadian Space Apps 2017.
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