Learning Lesson: Canned Heat

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Sun at solar maximum

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service (NWS)


Different colored objects absorb energy at different rates. That is partially due to albedo. Albedo is the amount of reflection from a surface. The demonstration will show that water in a dark colored can will have a higher temperature after exposure to the sun than water in a shiny can.

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