This image shows a rich star-forming region containing clusters of newly formed stars.
This image was taken to celebrate 25 years of the Hubble Space Telescope's exploration of the heavens.
This Hubble Space Telescope image shows the nebula in which the star cluster Westerlund 2 was born. Hubble captured an image of this compact star cluster before the stars had time to migrate away from each other, as open clusters tend to do. The nebula contains tell-tale signs of continuing star formation, heralded by the many pillars embedded in the nebula that resist the erosion of the ultraviolet light and stellar winds produced by the large bright stars at the center.
Teachers can use this lithograph as:
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.
HubbleSite press release: "Hubble Space Telescope Celebrates 25 Years of Unveiling the Universe"
HubbleSite press release: "Hubble Goes High Def to Revisit the Iconic 'Pillars of Creation'"
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