This image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows a pillar of gas and dust surrounded by wispy clouds. New stars are buried inside the pillar, hidden by a wall of gas and dust.
The new stars buried inside are firing off jets of gas that can be seen streaming from the three-light-year-tall towering peaks.
Included is an inquiry-based classroom activity that focuses on the image and text.
This image from the Hubble Space Telescope captures the chaotic activity on a three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust reminiscent of a craggy fantasy mountaintop surrounded by wispy clouds. New stars buried inside the pillar cannot be seen in this image because they are hidden by a wall of gas and dust but they are firing off jets of gas that can be seen streaming from the towering peaks. Included is an inquiry-based classroom activity.
Teachers can use this lithograph as:
An example of star birth. 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.
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