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The Discoveries of the Galaxies


The almost daily new discoveries by use of the Hubble Telescope and deep space probes creates an urgent need for students to gain a basic understanding of the universe; this Jackdaw helps lay the groundwork. Astronomers’ fascination with the heavens from the late 19th century to modern times is examined through hands-on letters between scientists, astronomical charts, illustrations and photographs. Historians: Colin Ronan and Gerald Leach. The contents of this Jackdaw feature:

  • The Universe
  • The Problem of Nebulae
  • The Telescope Maker
  • Splitting Starlight
  • The Galaxies
Historical Documents
  • Two maps of the heavens, 1790.
  • A nebula and a galaxy as seen by William Herschel, Lord Rosse, William Huggins and Edwin Hubble.
  • Letter from William Herschel to Johann Bode.
  • Letter from Rosse to John Herschel.
  • Photograph of part of the Milky Way.
  • Charts showing some bright nebulae and galaxies.
  • Photographs showing a supernova in Ursa Major.
  • Photograph of a cluster of galaxies in the depths of space.
  • The great nebula in Orion.
  • Star chart in the form of a planisphere.
  • Sealed envelope: a problem for astronomers.
Study Guide / Lesson Plan – Reproducible Activities

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