Animation: The Early Flash of an Exploding Star, Caught by Kepler

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Link to Resource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLlILnQjGfc
Resource Type:Teaching Media; Videos or Animations
Grade Level:
9 10 11 12
Language:English
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 times brighter than our sun. When the star's internal furnace can no longer sustain nuclear fusion its core 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 story of the shockwave reaches the surface and the doomed star blasts apart as a supernove explosion. This animation is based on photometric observations made by NASA's Kepler space telescope. By closely monitoring the star KSN 2011d, located 1.2 billion light-years away, Kepler caught the onset of the early flash and subsequent explosion."
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS1.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS1-1; HS-ESS1-2; HS-ESS1-3
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Developing and using models; Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation; Scale, proportion, and quantity
Subjects: 9-12; animation; high school; nasa; sun; video
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