Overview: Star clusters on collision course

of "Tales of … Star clusters on a collision course"
Tales of … Star clusters on a collision course explores the early stages in the merger of two clusters full of massive stars in the star-forming core of 30 Doradus. The reading describes the circumstantial evidence for the impending merger that was discovered as another aspect of the cluster was being studied.
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Grades: 11-12, 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 … Star clusters on a collision course 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 what the scientist was studying when she discovered the merger of the clusters.

An inquiry tool. Make a statement, such as: "Scientists often make discoveries while studying other aspects of an observation." 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 led up to the discovery that the clusters of stars are merging.

Related materials

Press release: "Hubble Watches Star Clusters on a Collision Course"

Press release: "Hubble's Festive View of a Grand Star-Forming Region"

Press release: "Hubble's Panoramic Portrait of a Vast Star-Forming Region"

See the Stars and stellar evolution section on "Teaching tools" page for other resources on 30 Doradus, and more.

Overview: Star clusters on collision course