This "face on" view of NGC 3982 showcases a spiral galaxy's well-known features.
The text and additional images show that no two spiral galaxies are identical.
Included is an inquiry-based classroom activity that focuses on the image and text.
This image from the Hubble Space Telescope showcases the well-known features of a spiral galaxy, as seen in NGC 3982. A captioned inset on the back shows that no two spiral galaxies look exactly the same, but they have similar characteristics. Includes a classroom activity.
Teachers can use this lithograph as:
An example of a spiral galaxy. Use the inquiry-based classroom activity called In Search of Spiral Galaxies, that is included with the PDF lithograph.
An engagement tool in an inquiry-based lesson. Have students study the images on the lithograph. Ask them to write down any questions they have about the images. When the students are finished, their questions can be used in a variety of ways:
A content reading tool. Have students read the text on the lithograph and then write a quiz for the class.
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