Overview: Colorful stars galore

Overview
of "Tales of … The colorful stars galore inside globular star cluster Omega Centauri"
Description:
Tales of … The colorful stars galore inside globular star cluster Omega Centauri describes the characteristics of a globular cluster. The variety of star colors visible in the image is due to the stage of evolution of the stars in the cluster.
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Grades: 10-12, 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 … The colorful stars galore inside globular star cluster Omega Centauri 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 the stages in the evolution of globular cluster stars.

An inquiry tool. Propose a question, such as "What do the colors of stars in a globular cluster tell you about their stage of evolution?” 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 characteristics of the stars within the globular cluster and then research whether astronomers see similar characteristics in other globular clusters using Hubble press releases.

Related materials

Press release: "Hubble Opens New Eyes on the Universe"
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2009/25/

Hubble press releases related to globular clusters
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/star-cluster/globular/



Overview: Colorful stars galore