Finding the surface temperature of the Sun using a parked car

Wei Lee*, Heidi L. Gilley, Joshua B. Caris

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Abstract

We present an activity, involving a parked car, for estimating the surface temperature of the Sun. The activity entails both outdoor quantitative observations and theoretical analysis, and yields a result for the surface temperature of the Sun within 12% of the accepted value. It can be used as an independent study project to spark students' interest and facilitate learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1105-1109
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Physics
Volume65
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1997

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