Overview: Asteroid with Six Comet-like Tails Surprises Astronomers

Overview
of Star Witness news story: Asteroid with Six Comet-like Tails Surprises Astronomers
Description:
Star Witness news story: Asteroid with Six Comet-like Tails Surprises Astronomers highlights the recent discovery of an asteroid with multiple tails. Hubble images taken 13 days apart show how the appearance of the asteroid and its tails changed quickly.
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Grades: 5-8, 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 Star Witness news story: Asteroid with Six Comet-like Tails Surprises Astronomers as:

A content reading selection. You can discuss the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary with students prior to having them read the selection.

An engagement activity. You can have students read the selection and then explain what they know about comets and asteroids.

An inquiry tool. You can propose a question to students, such as "Why are astronomers so surprised to see the asteroid with multiple tails?” Students can then read the selection and record new questions for further research or investigation.

A source of information for class discussion. You can have students read the selection and participate in a class discussion by using the selection's associated "Discussion Questions."

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Overview: Asteroid with Six Comet-like Tails Surprises Astronomers