This mosaic image from the Hubble Space Telescope is the sharpest wide-angle view ever obtained of M82. The text explains the mystery associated with this odd-looking galaxy.
The image shows a bright blue disk, webs of shredded clouds, and fiery-looking plumes of glowing hydrogen blasting out of its central regions.
Included is an inquiry-based classroom activity that focuses on the image and text.
This Hubble Space Telescope image shows M82, an edge-on galaxy that is undergoing a frenzy of star formation. The text explains the possible causes of the galaxy’s unusual appearance and star birth activity. An inquiry-based classroom activity accompanies the lithograph.
Teachers can use this lithograph as:
An engagement tool in an inquiry-based lesson. Have students study the M82 image on the lithograph. Ask them to write down any questions they have about the image. The students’ questions can be used in a variety of ways:
A content reading tool. Have students read the back of the lithograph and write a quiz for the class.
An example of starburst galaxies. Use the inquiry-based classroom activity called "In Search of … Starburst Galaxies" that is included with the PDF lithograph.
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