This infrared image of the Pillars in the Monkey Head Nebula shows a star-forming region in the Orion constellation.
This infrared image shows small, finger-like prominences that are transparent enough to allow background stars and galaxies to peak through.
Included is an inquiry-based classroom activity that focuses on the image and text.
This image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows star-forming pillars in the Monkey Head Nebula, located in the Orion constellation. Visible-light images of the nebula show dusty clouds silhouetted against glowing gas, revealing little detail about the region. However, captured in this infrared image are small, finger-like prominences transparent enough to allow hidden stars and background galaxies to peak through. The lithograph includes a classroom activity.
Teachers can use this lithograph as:
An example of star birth. Use the inquiry-based classroom activity called "In Search of … Star Formation" that is included with the PDF lithograph.
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 Celebrates its 24th Anniversary with an Infrared Look at a Nearby Star Factory"
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