Overview: Chasing a supernova

Overview
of "Tales of … An astronomer's adventure: Chasing the light from an ancient supernova"
Description:
Tales of … An astronomer's adventure: Chasing the light from an ancient supernova explores the quest to find a distant supernova. Through collaboration with other astronomers and a little luck, an astronomer obtained data that provided information about a distant supernova contained in the Hubble Deep Field.
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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 … An astronomer's adventure: Chasing the light from an ancient supernova 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 collaboration and a little luck led to the characterization of the farthest supernova ever seen.

An inquiry tool. Propose a question, such as "What is dark energy?" 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 of the important information about the supernova in the Hubble Deep Field.

Related materials

Press release: "Blast from the Past: Farthest Supernova Ever Seen Sheds Light on Dark Universe"
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2001/09

Press release: "New Clues About the Nature of Dark Energy: Einstein May Have Been Right After All"
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2004/12/



Overview: Chasing a supernova