This Hubble Space Telescope image shows thousands of gigantic tadpole-shaped objects surrounding a dying star in the Helix Nebula.
Background text describes these objects and how they may have formed and provides definitions as well as fast facts.
Included is an inquiry-based classroom activity that focuses on the image and text.
This Hubble Space Telescope image of a section of the Helix Nebula, the closest planetary nebula to Earth, shows ball-shaped knots of gas. Information about the knots and their relationship to the missing mass in our galaxy, called "dark matter," is described in the text.
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. The students' questions can be used in a variety of ways:
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.
HubbleSite press release: "Hubble Finds Thousands of Gaseous Fragments Surrounding a Dying Star"
Amazing Space resources by topic: Stars and Stellar Evolution