Overview: Hubble Views Necklace Nebula

Overview
of Star Witness news story:
Hubble Offers a Dazzling View of the Necklace Nebula
Description:
Star Witness news story: Hubble Offers a Dazzling View of the Necklace Nebula explains how the shape of a planetary nebula leads to its common name. The story delves into the origins of the term "planetary nebula" and presents ideas for how astronomers think they may form.
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: Hubble Offers a Dazzling View of the Necklace Nebula as:

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

An engagement activity. Ask students to read the selection. After they have read the text, ask them to explain what they know about planetary nebulas.

An inquiry tool. Propose a question, such as, "What are planetary nebulas?” Students can then read the selection and record new questions for further research or investigation.

A source of information for class discussion. Have students read the selection and then use the selection's "Discussion Questions" as a basis for a class discussion.

Related materials

HubbleSite press release: Hubble Offers a Dazzling View of the "Necklace" Nebula

Amazing Space resources by topic: Stars and stellar evolution



Overview: Hubble Views Necklace Nebula