Author: Caroline Goode
Organization: The Christa McAuliffe Center
Grade Level: Informal Education

Round 4: June 2010






The Magic of Hubble

Grades: Middle School

Understand the universe through the eyes of the Hubble Space Telescope! Actual Hubble photos of the birth of stars (nebulae), supernovas, galaxies, comets, and more. Did you know that the Hubble Space Telescope is the length of a large school bus? Weighs as much as a Volkswagen Beetle? What is a light-year? How big is the Milky Way galaxy? Where does Earth fit? Let's take a "walk" through the universe through the eyes of the Hubble Space Telescope to answer these questions! The "Magic of Hubble" STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) presentation brings real world astronomy into the classroom. The imagery of Hubble is used to foster interest and build knowledge of space science, astronomy, and STEM careers. Students view a slideshow presentation along with explanations and connections of how their study of earth/moon, Sun, stars, galaxies, and planets relates to current science happenings. It isn't until you have seen the vibrant Hubble photos of our universe and the objects found there that you truly understand that the world in which we live is only a "speck of dust" within our solar system and begin to wonder, "What else is out there?". This enlightenment is meant to open your eyes and mind to the special and fragile place our home, Earth, really is. Once this becomes clear, we realize that yes, we are the "stewards" of our planet.

The Magic of Hubble Lesson Plans (PDF, 110 K)
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The Magic of Hubble presentation (PPT, 7814 K)
PowerPoint Presentation

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