This Hubble Space Telescope image shows the colorful aftermath of the death of a sun-like star: a planetary nebula.
Background text describes how this planetary nebula may have formed and provides definitions as well as fast facts.
This image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows the colorful aftermath of the death of a Sun-like star: a planetary nebula. Background text describes how this planetary nebula may have formed and provides key word definitions as well as fast facts.
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.
A component in a compare/contrast activity. Compare the features/structure of this nebula to those of the Eagle Nebula found in the related materials below. A T-chart or Venn diagram would be a good organizational tool to use for this activity. Examples and a solution are included in the "Related materials" section.
Lithograph: Eagle Nebula
Graphic Organizer: Comparison of the Eagle Nebula and the Eskimo Nebula
HubbleSite press release on Eskimo Nebula: "Hubble Reopens its Eye on the Universe"
HubbleSite press release on Eagle Nebula: "Embryonic Stars Emerge from Interstellar 'Eggs'"
Amazing Space resources by topic: Stars and stellar evolution