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Question 3:
Look at the image of the Carina Nebula. What questions would you ask an astronomer about the features in the image?

Student responses will vary. The questions may include the following:

  • How big is the nebula?
  • How far is it from Earth?
  • What do the colors mean? Are they real colors?
  • If I could see the nebula through a telescope, would it look like the image?
  • Why does the nebula glow?
  • What makes some areas dark and others light?
  • Do astronomers know why the nebula has funny shapes? Do they know what those shapes may be?

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