of "Lithograph: Sombrero Galaxy"
Sombrero Galaxy (PDF)
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This Hubble Space Telescope image shows the spiral Sombrero Galaxy. Viewed
nearly edge-on, it reveals a dazzling bulge of central stars much like the
ones in our own Milky Way. The text describes the galaxy's prominent features
and discusses how galaxies' appearances differ depending on the angle from
which they are seen. Includes a classroom activity.
Format(s) available: PDF
Grades: 6-12, 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:
Sombrero Galaxy as:
An engagement tool in an inquiry-based
lesson. Have students study the image side of the lithograph. Ask them
to write down three to five questions they have about the image. When the students
are finished, their questions can be used in a variety of ways:
Ask students to find the answers to their questions
by reading the back of the lithograph and/or the related materials listed
Have students exchange papers so that each student
has someone else's questions. Then have them find the answers to the other
students' questions by reading the back of the lithograph and/or the related
materials listed below.
Gather the questions into a list by asking students
to volunteer to read their questions while you or another student records
them on the board or overhead. Ask students to raise their hands if they
had the same or a similar question. Count the number of hands raised and
record this number next to the question. Once all the student questions
have been added to the list, have students search for the answers to their
questions in the text on the back of the lithograph. When they complete
that task, ask them to decide if each of their questions was answered completely,
answered partially, or not answered at all. Go through the original list
and place an "A" in front of the questions that were answered completely,
a "P" for those that were partially answered, and an "N" for those that
were not answered at all. Determine if the most commonly asked questions
were also completely answered. Encourage students to do further research
to find answers to the unanswered questions.
A content reading tool. Have students read the back
of the lithograph and then write a quiz for the class.
An example of an edge-on galaxy. Use the inquiry-based classroom activity called "In Search of Galaxy Orientation" that is included with the PDF lithograph.
HubbleSite press release: "Hubble Mosaic of the Majestic Sombrero Galaxy"
See the Galaxies section
on "Teaching tools" page.