Overview: Orion Nebula facts

of "Fast Facts: Orion Nebula"
Fast Facts: Orion 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: Orion Nebula as:

A source of information. Find out about this star-forming region.

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.

• Part of a Comparison of Nebulae Graphic Organizer: Have students use related fast facts to construct a graphic organizer comparing emission nebulae and planetary nebulae.

Related materials

See the Star Witness News article "Hubble Reveals Orion in Picture Perfect Glory" for more information about the Orion Nebula.

See Graphic Organizer: Comparison of the Eagle Nebula and the Eskimo Nebula for more information comparing emission and planetary nebulae.

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

Overview: Orion Nebula facts