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Stars and stellar evolution
Supernova Remnant SNR 0509

SNR 0509-67.5 or SNR 0509, for short


A shell, or bubble of gas that is being shocked by the expanding blast wave from a supernova


About 400 years


Found in the Large Magellanic Cloud, located in the constellation Dorado

Distance from Earth

About 160,000 light-years


About 23 light-years across

This is the visible remnant of a powerful stellar explosion in the Large Magellanic Cloud.

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"Fast Facts: Supernova Remnant SNR 0509" is a table that lists the name, location, size, and distance of the supernova remnant from Earth. A picture of the supernova remnant 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 supernova remnant'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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