The Early Flash of an Exploding Star, Caught by Kepler

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Resource Type:Teaching Media; Videos or Animations
Grade Level:
K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:NASA's Ames Research Center
Publication Date:2016
Summary:"The brilliant flash of an exploding star's shockwave -- what astronomers call the """"shock breakout"""" -- is illustrated in this cartoon animation. The animation begins with a view of a red supergiant star that is 500 times bigger and 20,000 brighter than our sun. When the star's internal furnace can no longer sustain nuclear fusion its core to collapses under gravity. A shockwave from the implosion rushes upward through the star's layers. The shockwave initially breaks through the star's visible surface as a series of finger-like plasma jets. Only 20 minutes later the full fury of the shockwave reaches the surface and the doomed star blasts apart as a supernova explosion."
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS1.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:5-ESS1-1; HS-ESS1-1; MS-ESS1-1
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Developing and using models; Engaging in argument from evidence
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Patterns; Scale, proportion, and quantity
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; astronomy; elementary school; high school; k-12; k-3; k-4; k-5; k-5 geosource; k-6; k-8; k-9; middle school; sun
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