The image shows the eXtreme Deep Field, a compilation of observations made in visible and near-infrared light of a portion of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field.
More than 2,900 separate observations representing 50 days of observation time were combined for the image.
Included is an inquiry-based classroom activity that focuses on the image and text.
This image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows the eXtreme Deep Field, a portion of the HUDF that was observed over 10 years in visible and near-infrared light. Astronomers combined nearly 3,000 separate observations to make this image. The image shows galaxies in different stages of evolution. 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. The lithograph package 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 eXtreme Deep Field image on the front 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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