The High Energy Groovie Movie is a multimedia extravaganza, showcasing the exciting X-ray universe of black holes, pulsars and active galaxies! The visuals feature a speeded-up "movie" of the X-ray sky, created from the first four years of data taken by the All Sky Monitor aboard the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite. In addition, stunning animations reinforce scientists' theories of how these amazing objects might look close up. The soundtrack to the movie is the AstroCappella song High Energy Groove, a musical exploration of the rockin' high energy universe.
Hear the song High Energy Groove, get the lyrics, and see related activities at the AstroCappella High Energy Groove Page.
Teachers: For classroom activities associated with the High Energy Groovy Movie, see our For Teachers section, below.
View the High Energy Groovie Movie (31.8 MB)
The High Energy Groove song is copyrighted. Permission is hereby given to broadcast the musical materials in an educational setting, as long as due credit is given to the composers and performers, and a link (or text reference) to http://www.astrocappella.com/ is included.
Read the lyrics
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In the summer of 2005, an educator workshop was designed and developed with the goal of helping educators incorporate the Groovie Movie and activities into their science classrooms. The RXTE Movie Educator Workshop page includes an agenda for this workshop as well as other supporting materials.
In the summer of 2002, the RXTE Guest Observer Facility began collaborating with local middle school and high school teachers to develop a collection of engaging classroom activities to support the Groovie Movie. These informative lesson plans are aimed at the full spectrum of reading and learning levels. Each activity was designed to reinforce a concept presented in a single verse of the song. The table below describes the activities and how they are tied to the movie. Follow the links for the activities themselves, in a variety of formats.
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