Overview: The Hubble Space Telescope: Time Machine to the Galaxies

Overview
of Star Witness news story:
The Hubble Space Telescope: Time Machine to the Galaxies
Description:
Star Witness news story: The Hubble Space Telescope: Time Machine to the Galaxies details the deepest visible light observations of the early universe. This information can be used to introduce the idea that galaxies change over time and to help students realize the vastness of space. This selection is an adaptation of the HubbleSite press release: Hubble's Deepest View Ever of the Universe Unveils Earliest Galaxies.
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: The Hubble Space Telescope: Time Machine to the Galaxies 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 how technology helped astronomers observe the distant galaxies that are seen in the Hubble Ultra Deep Field.

An inquiry tool. Propose a question, such as "What have astronomers learned by studying galaxies in the Hubble Ultra Deep Field?" 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's Deepest View Ever of the Universe Unveils Earliest Galaxies



Overview: The Hubble Space Telescope: Time Machine to the Galaxies