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Coma Cluster Activity Using Hubble Space Telescope Data DLESE Reviewed Collection
This product uses a collection of Hubble Space Telescope (HST) images of galaxies in the Coma Cluster, and engages students in an inquiry-based learning activity studying the evolution of galaxies in dense clustered environments. Students learn the basics of galaxy classification by making use of the HST images to discover a "morphology-density effect," and will then make hypotheses about the cause of this effect. Along with this product are a series of StarDate Radio programs on the Coma Cluster and its related galaxies, and a brief YouTube video about research that is being conducted by astronomers and students at the University of Texas using HST data of the Coma Cluster.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Guide for instructor
  • Visual:
    • Video
  • Audio:
    • Webcast
  • Dataset:
    • In-situ
  • Physics
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
No restrictions
DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-ESERevProd-000-000-000-659
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Keely Finkelstein
University of Texas

Author: Shardha Jogee
University of Texas

Author: Mary Kay Hemenway
University of Texas

Contributor: Kyle Fricke
University of Texas