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Supernova Remnant SN 1006
Name

SN 1006

Description

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

Age

About 1,000 years

Location

Located in the constellation Lupus, in the Southern Hemisphere

Distance from Earth

About 7,200 light-years

Size

About 60 light-years across

This gaseous ribbon is a very thin section of a supernova remnant. The twisting ribbon of light results from an expanding blast wave, which is now sweeping into very tenuous surrounding gas.

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Description

"Fast Facts: Supernova Remnant SN 1006" lists in a table the name, location, size, and distance from Earth of the supernova remnant. 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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