Educator Resources for Journey Through an Exploded Star

In this simulation, students will explore the life cycle of stars and learn about the connection between elements and space. They'll explore real data that provides evidence for the dispersal of several elements produced by the explosion of massive stars, specifically through the Cassiopeia A supernova. After playing this interactive simulation, students will:

  • Understand how and why scientists study supernovas: to gain a comprehensive picture of the cosmos.
  • Communicate scientific ideas about the way stars, over their life cycles, can produce elements.
  • Communicate how certain telescopes use the principles of wave behavior and wave interactions with matter to transmit and capture information and energy across the electromagnetic spectrum.
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