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A Universe Of Galaxies
Hubble and his amazing telescope were key factors in determining what we know about galaxies. Introduce your learners to the types, composition, and incredible distance of galaxies. This is a simple and easily understood clip appropriate for any grade schooler.
6 mins 4th - 8th Science 3 Views 1 Download
Galaxies, Part 1 of 3
You've found part one of a three-part series entitled "A Practical Guide to the Universe." Hosted by Tom Selek, this older clip shows, describes, and invites viewers to think about what galaxies are. The color, motion, and brightness of stars are the key scientists use to determine the distance between galaxies.
7 mins 4th - 8th Science 3 Views 2 Downloads
Dark Matter: How Does it Explain a Star's Speed?
Studying spiral galaxies can make your head spin! With this video, find out how astronomers calculate a galaxy's rotational speed, and how the prediction that the outermost stars slow down does not seem to be true. The mystery may be solved by the presence of mysterious dark matter.
3 mins 6th - 12th Science 9 Views 12 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Self-Assembly: The Power of Organizing the Unorganized
What if buildings could grow, adapt, and repair themselves like a living organism? Using the process of self-assembly, this crazy idea may one day become a reality. The video looks at how unordered parts interact with one another and create organized structures completely on their own.
4 mins 9th - Higher Ed Science 5 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Detectable Civilizations in Our Galaxy 5
The lecturer discusses reasons why we haven't detected any of the possible 12.5 civilizations that are deduced to be residing in the Milky Way Galaxy based on the Drake equation. The space between possible civilizations is discussed, as well is the massive interference that would make radio signals from other civilized planets hard to detect.
5 mins 8th - 11th Science 4 Views 0 Downloads
Galaxies Galore, Games and More
Students practice skills used in scientific investigation while studying the three main types of galaxies. Students identify Earth as part of Milky Way galaxy, the parts of galaxies, and the types of galaxies, as well as classify galaxies by size and shape in a computer game.
5th - 8th Science 29 Views 106 Downloads
Tenth graders explore the structure and content of galaxies. Through discussion, lab, and hands-on activities, they discover the general structure of the three types of galaxies as well as the effect they have on the structure and function of the universe.
10th Science 11 Views 80 Downloads
Stunning Portrait of the Milky Way Galaxy
NASA was able to capture an image of our Milky Way galaxy that helps scientists better understand its composition and stellar evolution. A very clear narrator describes what the image shows and what it means to science and our galaxy.
3 mins 9th - 12th Science 3 Views 1 Download
Twelve of these slides display a picture of a galaxy and pose the question, "What kind of galaxy is this?" There are two slides about the Hubble Space Telescope's tuning fork, and another that asks viewers to analyze the number of galaxies and the frequency of occurence in the associated picture.
4th - 6th Science 3 Views 9 Downloads
Hubble Captures Colliding Galaxies
Have your scientists ever asked what would happen if two galaxies collided? Use this clip to show what was seen through the Hubble telescope: the collision of two galaxies. You'll be able to narrate this clip any way you like, since it's silent.
2 mins 6th - 12th Science 3 Views 0 Downloads
Black Holes: Creation & Consumption of Galaxies
Black holes are thought to play an important role in the formation of spiral galaxies, like our own. This clip explains how gravity and mass work together with the black hole phenomena to create and consume stars and galaxies.
4 mins 9th - 12th Science 3 Views 0 Downloads
Galaxies: A Cosmic Journey Through the Universe
Sometimes open ended is good. This five-minute silent video shows various objects found in space. Learners will see Earth, the Milky Way, stars, nebulae, comets, quasars, and galaxies. Because there is no narration this video could be used for any number of purposes, paused, discussed, or made available for interested learners.
6 mins 9th - 12th Science 3 Views 0 Downloads
Galaxy Hunter - A Cosmic Photo Safari
Space science stars journey through our night sky and take virtual photos of galaxies to investigate simple random samples. Higher math is used to analyze the data collected. Copy the evaluation/assessment questions onto a handout for learners to answer as they work though the interactive component.
10th - 12th Science 5 Views 22 Downloads
Detectable Civilizations in our Galaxy 1
Sal runs through a framework for detecting possible civilizations in our universe. He deals with the number of stars and uses the requirements for civilizations to derive how many potentially suitable planets there might be. The Drake equation can help us figure out approximately how many suitable planets there are.
13 mins 8th - 9th Science 6 Views 3 Downloads
Detectable Civilizations in our Galaxy 2
The idea of whether or not communication from other planets can be transmitted and received is discussed in this presentation. The various issues such as relative stages of development, the ability to receive a transmission, and whether any possible signal has been sent in our direction are discussed.
9 mins 8th - 9th Science 3 Views 0 Downloads
Star Light, Star Bright
Four modules are a part of this stellar lesson plan. Space scientists view the electromagnetic spectrum, they generate waves on a computer screen in order to measure frequency and wavelength, discover how light is related to temperature, and finally relate their learning to the temperature of stars.
6th - 9th Science 52 Views 196 Downloads
The Milky Way: A Mere Cloud in the Cosmos
In this galaxy worksheet, students calculate the volume of the Milky Way Galaxy, they determine the total mass, the density and the volume of the Milky Way Galaxy. They also solve 2 problems about the volume and size of the universe in comparison to the Milky Way Galaxy.
8th - 10th Math 15 Views 146 Downloads
Metallic Galactic Mobile
Students create 3-dimensional models of their own imaginary galaxies of newly discovered planets. They write fictional accounts of their experiences visiting each new planet. Students writing includes a recognizable beginning, middle, and end.
1st - 6th Language Arts 3 Views 1 Download