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CLIP 326

Life in the Pyrenees - working at an observatory

Life in the Pyrenees - working at an observatory
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Key Info
  • Life in the Pyrenees - working at an observatory
  • Duration: 02:40
  • Presenter Eils Hewitt visits an observatory built on the summit of a mountain, Pic du Midi de Bigorre, in the Pyrenees. A scientist explains why it was built there: the air is purer at high altitude, which makes it easier to study the sun and space. Scientists study eruptions on the Sun's surface using a telescope called a coronagraph. Eils then visits the scientists' living accommodation at the observatory, which includes a sewage plant.
  • Subject:

    Geography

       Topic:

    Mountains

  • Keywords: observatory, coronagraph, pollution, environment, mountain, altitude, eruptions, weather, sewage plant, accommodation, Pyrenees, space, sun, scientists, OuterSpace
Ideas for use in class
  • Use to support learning about mountain environments. Could also be used to learn about space. It shows an observatory and explains why it is located where it is. A coronagraph is detailed. The clip could also be used to learn about people's lives and their homes. The observatory is an unusual home.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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