Overview: Hubble Witnesses Fireworks From Comet Collision

Overview
of Star Witness news story:
Hubble Witnesses Fireworks From Comet Collision
Description:
Star Witness news story: Hubble Witnesses Fireworks From Comet Collision details the Deep Impact spacecraft's encounter with comet 9P/Tempel 1. A portion of the spacecraft, the impactor, crashed into the comet and released a storm of material. This selection is an adaptation of the HubbleSite press release: Hubble Monitors Evolution of Dust Plume Following Deep Impact's Collision with Comet.
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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: Hubble Witnesses Fireworks From Comet Collision as:

A content reading selection. Teachers should discuss the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary prior to having students read this selection.

An engagement activity. Have students read the selection. Ask them to explain why astronomers hope to learn from the crash of the impactor into the comet.

An inquiry tool. Propose a question, such as "What have astronomers learned by studying comets with a telescope and by traveling closer to them?" Have students read the selection and write down questions they would like answered as a result of the reading.

A source of information. Have students read the selection. Conduct a class discussion using the questions associated with the reading to clarify student understanding and expand on the information provided.

Related materials

HubbleSite press release: Hubble Monitors Evolution of Dust Plume Following Deep Impact's Collision with Comet.



Overview: Hubble Witnesses Fireworks From Comet Collision