In this interactive activity adapted from NASA, learn about the properties of light and how light behaves when it encounters matter. Animations and diagrams illustrate how light is absorbed, transmitted, reflected, refracted, scattered, or diffracted. Learn how the composition and shape of the object, as well as the characteristics of the light, affect how light behaves. In addition, learn how observing these behaviors of light can provide information about extraterrestrial objects, such as the topography of a planet or the spectral signature of a galaxy.
This media asset was adapted from Mission Science: "Wave Behaviors"/NASA.