Planets, Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe

Additional Resources


The resources linked at the end of Lesson 5 are all still relevant to this lesson:

  1. There is a short movie on star formation and stellar evolution in the Hubblesite movie theater. It is part of the Hubble exhibit on Stars.
  2. Chandra has a great classroom ready set of materials on stellar evolution.

In addition, there are many resources related to the specific topics we studied here:

  1. Chandra has a full-sized poster that shows stellar evolution for all types of stars on one timeline. You can request a classroom copy.
  2. Goddard Space Flight Center's "Imagine the Universe" has a series of information and activity booklets related to topics from this and previous lessons:
    • The first is called "The Lifecycle of Stars." It provides much of the background content seen in the last few lessons, but it also has associated classroom activities and demonstrations. I think you can still request a hardcopy of the booklet and associated poster from Goddard, too.
    • The second is "The Anatomy of Black Holes," with background content and related activities. There is a K-8 and 9-12 version.
    • Lastly, there is "What is Your Cosmic Connection to the Elements?".
    • Although not everything is related to the topics here, you should investigate the entire "Teacher's Corner" at Imagine the Universe.
  3. NASA has been developing a supernova educator's resource guide, and the poster and guide are available for download.
  4. The NASA Fermi team has also put together a website full of black hole resources, including a black hole information sheet. Note that some of the links there overlap with links presented previously in this lesson (and in this list).