Overview: Famous Pillars in Eagle Nebula Revisited

Overview
of Star Witness news story:
Hubble Revisits Famous Pillars for 25th Anniversary
Description:
Star Witness news story: Hubble Revisits Famous Pillars for 25th Anniversary highlights Hubble's new portraits of one of its most iconic subjects: the Eagle Nebula. Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 was used to capture a wider and more complete view of the "Pillars of Creation" in both visible and near-infrared light. The contrast of the two images is startling, with the near-infrared image revealing many hidden background stars.
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Grades: 5-8, but the material can be adapted for use in other grades at the teacher's discretion
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Teachers can use Star Witness news story: Hubble Revisits Famous Pillars for 25th Anniversary 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 learned about the Eagle Nebula.

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 Goes High Def to Revisit the Iconic 'Pillars of Creation'"

Amazing Space resources by topic: Stars and stellar evolution



Overview: Famous Pillars in Eagle Nebula Revisited