Overview: Extreme star birth in Carina Nebula

Overview
of "Tales of … Extreme star birth in the Carina Nebula"
Description:
Tales of … Extreme star birth in the Carina Nebula explores the formation of stars in the Carina Nebula as a result of the death of a previous generation of stars. The reading also looks at some of the Hubble Space Telescope's greatest achievements during its 17 years in orbit.
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Grades: 9-12, but the material can be adapted for use in other grades at the teacher's discretion
How to use it in the classroom

Teachers can use Tales of … Extreme star birth in the Carina Nebula as:

A content reading selection. Teachers should discuss the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary prior to having students read this selection.

An engagement activity. Have students read the selection. Ask them to describe how the death of one generation of stars can lead to the birth of the next.

An inquiry tool. Propose a question, such as "What can be learned about star formation by studying the Carina Nebula?" or "What do you think is the Hubble Space Telescope's greatest achievement?" Have students read the selection and write down as many questions as they can about the information in the text.

A source of information. Students can describe the events that lead up to the formation of the next generation of stars in the nebula.

Related materials

Press release: "The Carina Nebula: Star Birth in the Extreme"
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2007/16/

Background information: "Hubble Space Telescope's Top Science Findings (2007)" and "Hubble Trivia 2007"
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2007/16/background/



Overview: Extreme star birth in Carina Nebula