The Last Star in the Universe—Red Dwarfs Explained

Up to 75 percent of the stars in the Milky Way are red dwarfs, yet we can't see any from Earth. The video explains what makes red dwarf stars unique. It highlights the potential for finding aliens or a planet humans could live on once our sun is gone.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • After watching the video, watch the installment on white dwarfs produced by the same user
  • Discuss if we should spend our limited resources looking for aliens or finding other places humans could sustain life, if both describe in what proportion we should prioritize these two things
Classroom Considerations

  • Some comments contain language not generally accepted in the classroom, so display only the video in class
Pros

  • Works well in both traditional or flipped classrooms
  • Offers subtitles in more than 30 languages for English learners
Cons

  • None