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Let's Make A Supernova!

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Participants imagine themselves inside a large star at the end of its life, just as it is about to go supernova. Learn what happens in the core of a star when it runs out of fuel. This is a very active, engaging activity that your audience will remember.

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Related Links Websites:
Lives of Stars activity
Universe without Supernovae activity
Supernova Star Maps
Supernova PPT Presentation with Script
Supernovas by ESA
What Is a Supernova?
Supernovae

Images:
Deep Space Studies
Supernovae Slideshow from National Geographic

Videos:
Science video clip (with music)
Afterschool Universe: Life Cycle of a Small Star
Afterschool Universe: Life Cycle of a Large Star
Afterschool Universe: Supernova Can Crunch
ScienceCasts: Why Won't the Supernova Explode?
ScienceCasts: A Star Turns Inside Out
Originating Source NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry
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Born with a Bang: The Universe Tells Our Cosmic Story
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The Sun and Stars
Sparkles: A Supernova's Dream Comes True

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Let's Make A Supernova!

Let's Make A Supernova!

Participants imagine themselves inside a large star at the end of its life, just as it is about to go supernova. Learn what happens in the core of a star when it runs out of fuel. This is a very active, engaging activity that your audience will remember.