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Universe of Learning Science Briefing: April 2017

Created by Brandon Lawton Last updated 4/9/2017

The resources in this list pertain to the presentation given on April 13, 2017, titled, "Supernova 1987A: The Supernova of a Lifetime".
NASA's Universe of Learning is a program which will integrate NASA's Astrophysics Science Mission Directorate programs, and will advance STEM learning and literacy by creating and delivering a unified suite of education products, programs, and professional development that spans the full spectrum of NASA Astrophysics.
NASA's Universe of Learning is partnering with the Museum Alliance to provide professional development briefings for the informal science education community. These briefings provide current NASA Astrophysics themes, content, and resources to the informal community. These curated lists present the resources described during the briefings. To find the briefings, you can go here:

  • Video - Hubble Chronicles Brightening of Ring around an Exploded Star

    This time-lapse video sequence of Hubble Space Telescope images reveals dramatic changes in a ring of material around the exploded star Supernova 1987A. The images, taken from 1994 to 2016, show the effects of a shock wave from the supernova blast smashing into the ring. The ring begins to brighten as the shock wave hits it. The ring is about one light-year across.
  • ViewSpace

    A new ViewSpace segment on supernova 1987A is being released in conjunction with the April 2017 Universe of Learning Science Briefing. If you have ViewSpace in your venue, be on the lookout for "Supernova 1987A: Three Decades of Explosive Revelations."
  • Press-Release (2017): The Dawn of a New Era for Supernova 1987A

    To commemorate the 30th anniversary of SN 1987A, new images, time-lapse movies, a data-based animation, and a three-dimensional model are being released. By combining data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory, as well as the international Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, astronomers — and the public — can explore SN 1987A like never before.
  • Press-Release (2015): Star Explosion is Lopsided, Finds NASA's NuSTAR

    NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has found evidence that a massive star exploded in a lopsided fashion, sending ejected material flying in one direction and the core of the star in the other.

    These 3D prints show the SN 1987A supernova remnant at its current observed age of 30 years, based on 3D simulations by Salvatore Orlando. The blast wave from the supernova has crashed into a pre-existing ring of gas, throwing blobs of this gas upwards and downwards.
  • NASA 3D Resources

    Welcome to the 3D Resources site. Here you'll find a growing collection of 3D models, textures, and images from inside NASA. All of these resources are free to download and use.
  • How to Build a Galaxy

    How can 3D modeling help experts and non-experts approach the different kinds of objects in space? Learn how 3D models are created with data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory/Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and other observatories. Use free CAD software to explore 3D modeling, and receive a 3D printed object after the workshop. The goal is to help learners understand the life cycles of stars and galaxies, while also experimenting with cutting-edge technology through both hardware and software.

    Working with data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes on topics from exploded stars, to star-forming regions, to the area around black holes, students learn basic coding (for beginners, no experience required) and follow a video tutorial to create a real world application of science, technology and even art. By enabling students to use real data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, along with other astronomical data, this project helps show just how integral coding is in the pursuit of learning about our Universe.
  • Supernova! Outreach Toolkit

    This toolkit includes PowerPoints and scripts, videos and accompanying activities and handouts about supernovae.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 4A/H2ef
  • Stellar Evolution: Our Cosmic Connection

    In this activity, students use multiwavelength images of stars in different stages of evolution to investigate how the initial masses of the protostars determines their evolutionary paths. Images include stellar nurseries, protostars, supernova remnants, planetary nebulae, white dwarfs, neutron stars, pulsars and black holes.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 4A/H2cd, 4A/H2ef
  • Supernova Explosions

    In this activity, students are reminded that the Universe is made up of elements and that the heavier elements are created inside of a star. They are then introduced to the life cycle of a star and how a star's mass affects its process of fusion and eventual death.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 4A/H2cd, 4A/H2ef
  • The Crawl of the Crab

    In this activity, students compare two images of the Crab Nebula taken more than 40 years apart. By measuring the motion of some of the knots of glowing gas in the neubla, students will be able to determine the date of the supernova explosion that set the Crab Nebula into motion.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 12C/M3, 11C/H8
  • Universe Discovery Guides

    Universe Discovery Guides - December - The Universe Discovery Guides showcase education and public outreach resources from across more than 20 NASA astrophysics missions and programs. The December guide is titled, "We Are Children of the Stars." The December Universe Discovery Guides feature content and hands-on activities directly related to NASA's exploration of supernovae.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 4A/M1bc, 4A/M2de, 4A/H2ab, 4A/H2ef, 4A/H6
  • Astro101 Slide Set: From Supernovas to Planets

    This slide set focuses on the discovery of a massive dust cloud in a supernova remnant. It is one of a series of short, topical presentations on new developments from NASA astrophysics missions, relevant to introductory astronomy topics.