Overview: Helix Nebula facts

Overview
of "Fast Facts: Helix Nebula"
Description:
Fast Facts: Helix Nebula lists the name, location, size, and distance of the planetary nebula from Earth in the form of a table. A picture of the nebula 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: Helix Nebula as:

A source of information. Find out about the nebula.

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

Press release: "Iridescent Glory of Nearby Planetary Nebula Showcased on Astronomy Day"
http://hubble.stsci.edu/newscenter/archive/2003/11/

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



Overview: Helix Nebula facts