This Hubble Space Telescope image shows 30 Doradus, also known as the Tarantula Nebula. It is the brightest nearby star-forming region and home to the most massive stars in our cosmic neighborhood.
The Hubble image reveals a gaseous landscape of clouds, bubbles, pillars, and ridges. Stars are born deep within the dense, dark clouds and, once formed, act to re-shape the nebula.
An inquiry-based classroom activity that focuses on the image and text is included.
This image from the Hubble Space Telescope reveals a panorama of turbulent star birth, located close enough to Earth that Hubble can resolve individual stars. The star factory resides 170,000 light-years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. Included is an inquiry-based classroom activity.
Teachers can use this lithograph as:
An example of different stages in a star's life. Use the inquiry-based classroom activity, "In Search of … Star Formation," which 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 as many questions as possible about the features visible in the images. The students' questions can be used in a variety of ways. Here are a few suggestions:
A content reading tool. Have students read the back of the lithograph and write a quiz for the class.
Star Witness news: "Hubble's Panoramic view of a Turbulent Star-Forming Region"
HubbleSite press release: "Hubble's 22nd Anniversary Image Shows Turbulent Star-making Region"
HubbleSite: Press Releases on Nebulae
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