Explore the Universe

View from the Hubble Space Telescope
Southern Pinwheel Galaxy

Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA

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Solving this space mystery will help students understand the fundamentals of the scientific method by having them do background research, formulate a rudimentary hypothesis, test the hypothesis using a physical model the class constructs, evaluate and report the results of that test, and apply their findings to other objects to test their hypothesis’ ability to predict outcomes.

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Astronomy, Education, Science and Technology, Science History, Space Science
National/State Standards:
North Dakota state science standards 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.2.2, 4.5.5, 4.5.6, 4.6.2, 4.8.2, 5.1.1, 5.2.2, 5.5.4, 5.5.5, 6.1.1, 6.1.3, 6.2.1, 6.5.4, 6.8.2,