This image from the Hubble Space Telescope illustrates the rite of passage for clusters of developing stars: from their sheltered growth in a dark cloud of dust and gas, to their powerful debut as a grouping of young stars, to their settlement into adulthood.
The text includes information about the process of star formation illustrated in the image.
Included is an inquiry-based classroom activity that focuses on the image and text.
This Hubble Space Telescope image of NGC 346 in the Small Magellanic Cloud illustrates the rite of passage for a cluster of developing stars: from its sheltered growth in a dark cloud of dust and gas, to its powerful debut as a grouping of young stars, to its settlement into adulthood. The text explains this process of star formation. 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 variety of stellar populations. Use the inquiry-based classroom activity called "In Search of Stellar Populations" that is included with the PDF lithograph..