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Orion Nebula
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Photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

This Hubble Space Telescope image shows the Orion Nebula, featuring a 'cavern' containing four of the nebula's hottest and most massive stars.

Facts of interest about the image

Background text describes why the Orion Nebula is considered a 'crucible of creation' and provides definitions as well as fast facts.

Description

This Hubble Space Telescope image shows the central region of the Orion Nebula. The text describes this central region as an area of dense gas and dust where young stars are bursting to life and planets are under construction.

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8-12, but the material can be adapted for use in other grades at the teacher's discretion.
How to use in the classroom

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. The students' questions can be used in a variety of ways:


  • Ask students to find the answers to their questions by reading the back of the lithograph and/or the related materials listed below.

  • Have students exchange papers so that each student has another classmates questions. Ask students to find the answers to the questions by reading the back of the lithograph and/or the related materials listed below.

  • Enlist volunteers to read their questions while you or a student records them on the blackboard or on an overhead projector transparency. Ask students to raise their hands if they have the same or a similar question. Record that number next to the question. Once all the questions have been added to the list, have students search for the answers to their questions in the text on the back of the lithograph. When they complete that task, ask them to decide if each of their questions was answered completely, partially, or not answered at all. Go through the original list and place an "A" in front of the questions that were answered completely, a "P" for those that were partially answered, and an "N" for those that were not answered at all. Determine if the most commonly asked questions were also answered completely. Encourage students to do further research to find answers to the unanswered questions.

A content reading tool. Have students read the text on the back of the lithograph and write a quiz for the class on the text.

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