Overview: Horsehead Nebula facts

of "Fast Facts: Horsehead Nebula"
Fast Facts: Horsehead Nebula lists in a table the name, location, size, and distance from Earth of the nebula. 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: Horsehead 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 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: "Hubble Sees a Horsehead of a Different Color"

Blog: "Hubble's Universe Unfiltered: A Horse of a Different Color (April 19, 2013)"

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

Overview: Horsehead Nebula facts