Instructional Video

From Kepler to Webb: The History of the Telescope

The Hubble Telescope is approximately the size of a school bus, but the new Webb Telescope will be approximately the size of a tennis court. The history of the telescope, from its invention to to what it takes to make one, is the focus of a video that discusses the Hubble Telescope, which is currently the most powerful in operation. The video ends with a teaser about the Webb Telescope set to launch in 2018.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Allow scholars to make their own simple telescopes
  • The operating temperature of Webb must stay less than 50 degrees above absolute zero; research how scientists will prevent the sun from warming it up
Classroom Considerations
  • Remember comments are open to the public and public opinion isn't always supportive of science
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
Pros
  • Provides a list of resources for those that would like to go more in-depth
  • Short and engaging video, it holds pupils' attention
Cons
  • None
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