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A massive star has a mass greater than nine times that of our sun. Sal focuses on the fusion and chemical reactions that take place during the lifecycle of a massive star. He clearly explains the gravitation to chemical relationship, which relates to the overall life span of the star. Learners with only a basic understanding of chemistry will be able to grasp this video.
Enchant your science class with the beauty of star fields and nebulas. Sal shares a series of images as a follow up to his video on the birth of stars. He explains that the images we see now may not actually still exist, due to the time it take light to travel to our planet.
Parallax is the apparent change of an object determined by the line of sight. Sal defines the concept of parallax and applies it to how we determine the relative distance between us and near-by stars. He draws a diagram to illustrate what relative distance means in relation to the Stars, Earth, Sun, rotation, and orbital ellipse.
Digital compass alignment enables navigation of the skies with true orientation at any time. Just point to the sky or "aim for the stars!" This application acts as a virtual telescope, allowing you to zoom in on any object that is visible to the human eye.
Students discuss the life of a star and the different types of stars after watching the Discovery video "Exploring Stars". They create a flipbook that demonstrates the life of a star after collecting information on the life cycles of small, medium, and large stars.
Students explore the characteristics of stars. In this space science lesson, students use the Microsoft WorldWide Telescope program to identify the properties of stars and identify the stars in the galaxy.
Students complete pre reading, writing, during reading, and interdisciplinary activities for the book Stars and Galaxies. In this reading lesson plan, students complete journal entries, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
Students examine the stars and constellations. In this Seven Stars lesson plan, students manipulate logarithmic formulas to discover star properties. Students read the story of the Seven Stars in the Crow culture and discuss the brightest stars as viewed from Earth.
Students play a matching and sequencing game to discover facts about star life cycles. In small groups, they attempt to match their star stage and stage description cards in chronological order. Students can also research the terms and create their own definition cards.
Students discover the earth can be compared to the shape of an apple, having a spherical shape, and has a north and south pole. They listen to the story, "A Field of Stars" and then observe as the apple is cut open on the equator to reveal the stars inside (the seeds).
Students create a KWL chart on stars and telescopes. In groups, they make estimates on the distances between the Earth and different stars. To end the lesson, they make their own paper stargazer and use it to complete other activities.
Students observe star charts to understand the difference between a star and a planet. In this star lesson plan, students also explain why we see different stars at different times of the year.
Students explore space science by reading night sky related stories. In this astronomy lesson, students read the book One Round Moon and a Star for Me and other space science books. Students create cookies shaped like the stars and moon before creating visual art of a night sky with construction paper.
In this fiction books learning exercise, students complete seven multiple choice questions about the book, "Polar Star." These questions contain concepts such as choosing the correct author, who published the book, when it was on the New York Times best seller list, and more.
In this stars instructional activity, students review what makes up a star, how astronomers learn about stars, and the different types of stars including low mass and high mass stars. This instructional activity has 62 fill in the blank statements.
In this Star quiz activity, students take a seven question online quiz about the book. Page has multiple ads and links to answers, additional resources and Facebook.
Eighth graders differentiate apparent magnitude and absolute magnitude scales. In this astronomy lesson, 8th graders rank stars in terms of its brightness as observed from Earth. They explain what a light year is in their own words.
Aspiring astronomers study stars. They compare stars and explain the relationship between radius, mass, and diameter. By creating a star simulation, they discover how a binary star system's orbit can cause changes in the observed brightness of the system. This is a terrific space science investigation or practical application of ratios and proportions.
Students examine the distance from Earth to stars. They create a model to show the arrangement of constellations. They also identify the importance of the parallax effect.
Deep in the Orion Nebula, stars are forming all the time. Not only that, but proplets or proto-planetary disks are forming as well. Some of the stars could become warm enough and large enough to cause the protoplanets to become new habitable planets. This is an intriguing clip sure to get young imaginations whirring.