The Star That Trolled Astronomers

Is it a bird, or a plane, or a blinking star? Scientists discovered in 1967 what they later determined to be a pulsing star. An episode of a larger solar system playlist discusses the chemistry behind the existence of this type of star.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Flip your classroom by assigning the video homework; use class time for discussion and questions
  • Create a timeline of the events discussed in the video lesson
Classroom Considerations

  • Provide laptops with Internet access if asking pupils to view the video independently
Pros

  • Offers the option for closed captioning to assist ELLs
  • Highlights scientific vocabulary throughout the lesson
Cons

  • None