Exploring the Universe: Nebula Spin Art (2020)

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    Nebula Spin Art
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    Nebula Spin Art
Description

In this activity, participants will learn about how gigantic clouds of gas and dust in space, called nebulas, are formed. They'll create their own colorful model nebula using paint and a spinner. Because of the unique quantities and locations of the materials and the forces that spread them out, each model nebula will be unique—just like each real nebula!

Audience

Objectives

Big Idea

Nebulas—huge clouds of gas and dust in space—form from the remains of dying stars. New stars form out of these clouds of material.

Learning Goals
  1. A nebula is a large cloud of gas and dust in space that can be created by a dying star.

  2. Nebulas are responsible for mixing up and spreading out elements in space.

  3. NASA scientists can assign colors in nebula images to represent different elements and other characteristics we can’t see with our eyes.

Credits

Year created
2019
Funding

This material is based on work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award numbers NNX16AC67A and 80NSSC18M0061. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Owning institution

Sciencenter, Ithaca, NY

Permissions

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 3.0 United States (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US).
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