The image shows the deepest visible light observation of the early universe: the Hubble Ultra Deep Field.
In vibrant contrast to the image's rich harvest of classic spiral and elliptical galaxies, a zoo of oddball galaxies litters the field. Some look like toothpicks; others like links on a bracelet. A few appear to be interacting.
Included is an inquiry-based classroom activity that focuses on the image and text.
This Hubble Space Telescope image shows the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, the deepest visible light observation of the early universe. In vibrant contrast to the image's rich harvest of classic spiral and elliptical galaxies, there is a zoo of oddball galaxies littering the field. Some look like toothpicks; others like links on a bracelet. A few appear to be interacting. The information contained in the text can be used to introduce the idea that galaxies change over time. Includes an inquiry-based classroom activity.
Teachers can use this lithograph as:
An example of the evolution of galaxies. Use the inquiry-based classroom activity called In Search of Galaxy Evolution that is included with the PDF lithograph.
An engagement tool in an inquiry-based lesson. Have students study the image side of the lithograph. Ask them to write down any questions they have about the image. When the students are finished, their questions can be used in a variety of ways:
A content reading tool. Have students read the back of the lithograph and then write a quiz for the class.
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