Overview: Hubble Celebrates a Stellar Anniversary

Overview
of Star Witness news story: Hubble Celebrates a Stellar Anniversary
Description:
Star Witness news story: Hubble Celebrates a Stellar Anniversary highlights Hubble's history and scientific achievements during its 20 years in orbit. It also provides information about the release of Hubble's 20th anniversary image, a chaotic pillar of gas and dust within the Carina Nebula. The article includes images and captions for some of Hubble's hall-of-fame images.
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
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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 its discoveries.

An inquiry tool. You can propose a question to students, such as "Why do you think the Hubble Space Telescope was designed to be serviced in space?" 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: Hubble Celebrates a Stellar Anniversary