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Stars and stellar evolution
Eskimo Nebula
Name(s)

Eskimo Nebula, Clownface Nebula, NGC 2392

Age

10,000 years

Location

Found in the constellation Gemini

Distance from Earth

About 5,000 light-years

Star death in the Eskimo Nebula.

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Description

"Fast Facts: Eskimo Nebula" is a table that lists the name, description, location, size, and distance of the nebula from Earth. A picture of the nebula is included.

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How to use in the classroom

Use this resource as:

A source of information. Read the table to find out about this object.

A mapping activity. Locate the nebula's associated constellation on a star map.

A large-number recognition activity. Have students look at several Fast Fact tables, including this one. Ask them to place the objects described in the Fast Fact tables in order, starting with the object closest to Earth and ending with the one farthest away.

An inquiry tool. Have students write down questions they would like answered about the image and the information in the Fast Facts table.

An engagement tool. Involve students in a discussion.

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