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Earth and Space Sciences +5 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

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Have you ever wondered what's going on out there in the universe? Would you like to discover exciting things about planets, stars, and galaxies? Today, we will go on a GALAXY QUEST to EXPLORE THE UNIVERSE!

RATIONALE | Digital technology has transformed how we explore the Universe. We now have the ability to peer into space right from our homes and laptop computers. Telescopes, photography, and spectroscopy remain the basic tools that scientists—astronomers and cosmologists—use to explore the universe, but digital light detectors and powerful computer processors have enhanced these tools. Observatories in space—like the Hubble Space Telescope—have shown us further into space then we have ever seen before.

EDUCATORS | For the LESSON PLAN of the original "Galaxy Quest" << CLICK HERE >>

Lesson Objectives:
1. Process and save at least one digital image of a galaxy or space image (with caption)
2. Create a three-dimensional astronomy sculpture (galaxy or other space body, space alien, plant, animal)
3. Create a digital astronomy sculpture (galaxy or other space body, space alien, plant, animal)
4. Visit the Explore the Universe exhibition at NASM and identify Hubble parts (mirror, lens, spectroscope)

Learning Objectives:
1.     What a galaxy is
2.     What a space telescope is
3.     Learn how to open an image on the computer and process it
4.     Socialize well in the museum setting


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Galaxy Quest Collection

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Hidden Universe IMAX 3D Trailer

Smithsonian Institution

Agenda

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What is a galaxy?

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Out of this World

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Where are We?

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The Milky Way

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Learn About the Milky Way

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Size Matters Not

Tracie Spinale

The Shape of Galaxies

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Hubble's Discoveries

Smithsonian Channel

How Long is Hubble?

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How Heavy is Hubble?

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60c Hubble Space Telescope single

National Postal Museum

Model, 1:5, Hubble Space Telescope

National Air and Space Museum

Display Cradle, Hubble Space Telescope SDTV

National Air and Space Museum

In-gallery exploration

Tracie Spinale

Example Space Collage 1

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Example Space Collage 3

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Example Space Collage 2

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Example Space Collage 4

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3D Creature 1

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3D Creature 2

Tracie Spinale

In A Galaxy Far, Far Away and Also Those Nearby

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Learn About Galaxies

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Learn About Galaxy Clusters

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Space Scoop: The Butterfly Hunter

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Tour of Chandra Deep Field South

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory