This “face on” view of M101, nicknamed the Pinwheel Galaxy, showcases a spiral galaxy’s well-known features.
The text points out the well-defined arms and other typical spiral galaxy features visible in the image and gives an idea of the size of the galaxy.
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 M101, nicknamed the Pinwheel Galaxy. A labeled inset shows the regions described in the text. Also of note are background galaxies that are visible through the galaxy’s thin disk. Includes a classroom activity.
Teachers can use this lithograph as:
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.
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.
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Amazing Space resources by topic: Galaxies