- I want to make an experiment on how the interstellar dust, that make up reflection nebulae, reflects the light of nearby stars.
My experiment would need different composition of grains which would be ice, iron filings, and silicate shavings to act as the interstellar dust. I would drop these small particles(hopefully they will fall slowly) in a box and shut the lid quickly. Inside the box there will be a lightbulb acting as the nearby star. I will use a spectrometer(there will be a small hole in the box for the device to see through) and measure the wavelengths. Other changes I will measure would be the color of the lightbulb and the grain size. Does this experiment seem like it will work? Any tips to improve it? Thank you.