Overview: Centaurus A facts

of "Fast Facts: Centaurus A"
Fast Facts: Centaurus A lists in a table the name, description, location, size, and distance from Earth of the galaxy. An image of the galaxy is included.
Format(s) available: Printer-friendly Web page
Grades: Adaptable, at teacher's discretion
How to use it in the classroom

Teachers can use Fast Facts: Centaurus A as:

A source of information. Find out about the galaxy.

A mapping activity. Locate the galaxy's associated constellation on a star map.

A large-number recognition activity. Have students put this table and other Fast Fact tables in order, starting with the object closest to Earth and ending with the one farthest away.

An inquiry tool. Have students write down questions they would like answered as a result of reading this Fast Facts table and looking at the image.

Related materials

Press release: "Firestorm of Star Birth in the Active Galaxy Centaurus A"

See the Galaxies and Black Holes sections on the "Teaching tools" page.

Overview: Centaurus A facts