of "Lithograph: NGC 2174: Pillars in the Monkey Head Nebula"
Lithograph: NGC 2174: Pillars in the Monkey Head Nebula (PDF)
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This image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows star-forming pillars in the Monkey Head Nebula, located in the Orion constellation. Visible-light images of the nebula show dusty clouds silhouetted against glowing gas, revealing little detail about the region. However, captured in this infrared image are small, finger-like prominences transparent enough to allow hidden stars and background galaxies to peak through. The lithograph includes a classroom activity.
Format(s) available: PDF
Grades: 11-12, but the material can be adapted for use in other grades at the teacher's discretion
How to use it in the classroom
Teachers can use Lithograph: NGC 2174: Pillars in the Monkey Head Nebula as:
An example of star birth. Use the inquiry-based classroom activity called "In Search of … Star Formation" that is included with the PDF lithograph.
An engagement tool in an inquiry-based lesson. Have students study the images on the lithograph. Ask them to write down any questions they have about the images. When the students are finished, their questions can be used in a variety of ways:
A content reading tool. Have students read the text on the lithograph and then write a quiz for the class.
Press release: "Hubble Celebrates Its 24th Anniversary with an Infrared Look at a Nearby Star Factory" http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/nebula/2014/18/
See the Stars and stellar evolution section on "Teaching tools" page.