This image from the Hubble Space Telescope is a mosaic assembled from 24 individual exposures. The text explains the history of observation of the Crab Nebula from its formation as a spectacular supernova in 1054 to the discovery of the first pulsar at its center.
The lithograph includes an X-ray image of the nebula, which shows the pulsar.
Included is an inquiry-based classroom activity that focuses on the image and text.
This Hubble Space Telescope image of the Crab Nebula (M1), one of the most studied objects in space, depicts the remains of a star that exploded as a supernova nearly a thousand years ago. The lithograph text describes the observational history of the nebula from its formation as a spectacular supernova explosion to its rediscovery over 700 years later and its distinction as the first pulsar discovered. Includes a classroom activity.
Teachers can use this lithograph as:
An engagement tool in an inquiry-based lesson. Have students study the image side 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.
An example of a supernova remnant. Use the inquiry-based classroom activity called "In Search of Supernova Remnants" that is included with the PDF lithograph.