Overview: Whirlpool Galaxy and Companion

Overview
of "Fast Facts: Whirlpool Galaxy and Companion"
Description:
Fast Facts: Whirlpool Galaxy and Companion lists the name, description, location, size, and distance of the galaxy from Earth in the form of a table. A picture 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: Whirlpool Galaxy and Companion 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 and other Fast Facts 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: "Hubble Celebrates 15 Years of Spectacular Images"
http://hubblesite.org/news/2005/12/

See the Galaxies section on "Teaching tools" page.



Overview: Whirlpool Galaxy and Companion