Overview: Crab Nebula facts

of "Fast Facts: Crab Nebula"
Fast Facts: Crab Nebula lists the name, description, location, size, and distance of the nebula from Earth in the form of a table. A picture of the nebula is included.
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Grades: Adaptable, at teacher's discretion
How to use it in the classroom

Teachers can use Fast Facts: Crab Nebula as:

A source of information. Find out about this remnant of a supernova explosion.

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

A large-number recognition activity. Have students put this and other Fast Fact tables in order from the one closest to Earth to the one farthest away.

An inquiry tool. Have students write down 3-5 questions they would like answered as a result of reading this Fast Facts table and looking at the image.

An engagement tool. Involve students in a discussion.

Related materials

See the Crab Nebula (M1) Lithograph and read "Tales of A history of the Crab Nebula"

See the Stars and stellar evolution section on the "Teaching tools" page.

Overview: Crab Nebula facts