This assessment is aligned to Next Generation Science Standards for high school Earth and Space Science. It assesses one piece of evidence for the Big Bang Theory (HS-ESS1-2): red-shift of galaxies light and its implications for the movement/expansion of galaxies. Because the spectra are in COLOR, access to a color printer (or a projector) is important.
HS-ESS1-2 Construct an explanation of the Big Bang theory based on astronomical evidence of light spectra, motion of distant galaxies, and composition of matter in the universe.
Students should be able to:
- explain how scientists use galaxy spectra to determine the movement of galaxies.
- observe absorption lines to determine the "shift" of the galaxy and its implication for the galaxy's movement
- explain how the red-shift of light from distant galaxies supports the Big Bang Theory
Check Out Some of My Related Resources on the Big Bang Theory:
Big Bang Theory Unit Bundle
Big Bang Theory Task Cards
Big Bang Theory Literacy Workbook
Big Bang Theory Assessment Bundle
Assessment - Redshift of Galaxy Light
For Other Astronomy Resources:
5E Lesson - Earth's Place in Space
Assessment Bundle - Star Life Cycle
Spectroscope Lab - Composition of the Sun
POGIL Star Characteristics and Life Cycle
Assessment - Sun, Star Life Cycle