Overview: A Horse of a Different Color

Overview
of Star Witness news story: A Horse of a Different Color
Description:
Star Witness news story: A Horse of a Different Color highlights Hubble's infrared image of one of the most recognizable nebulae, the Horsehead Nebula. Hubble's infrared vision pierces the dark nebula, revealing young stars born inside dense dust and gas. With this release, Hubble is celebrating its 23rd anniversary.
Format(s) available: Printer-friendly web page; also, downloadable PDF including story and images
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: A Horse of a Different Color 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 the Hubble Space Telescope and/or star formation.

An inquiry tool. You can propose a question to students, such as "Why do you think astronomers use different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum to study celestial objects?" Students can then read the selection and record new questions for further research or investigation.

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

Related materials

HubbleSite press release: Hubble Sees a Horsehead of a Different Color

Amazing Space resources by topic: Stars and stellar evolution



Overview: A Horse of a Different Color