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Question 3:
Look at the image of the Carina Nebula. What questions would you ask an astronomer about the features in the image?
Answer:

Student responses will vary. The questions may include the following:

  • How big is the nebula?
  • How far is it from Earth?
  • What do the colors mean? Are they real colors?
  • If I could see the nebula through a telescope, would it look like the image?
  • Why does the nebula glow?
  • What makes some areas dark and others light?
  • Do astronomers know why the nebula has funny shapes? Do they know what those shapes may be?

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