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  1. #1 New to Space 
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    Alright,

    I have been fascinated with space for a few years now. I am an English teacher and want to incorporate reading and research on space in my classroom. I have had several questions from my students and do not know where to start. They have been asking great questions:

    Why do scientists think space is infinite?
    What happens to time in space?
    Is space real?
    How do scientists know there are other galaxies?
    etc.

    Is there a certain book I should be referencing, or directing my students to or will a simple Google search, NASA and Hubble website suffice..?

    Thanks,

    Tom


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    What age range are the students?

    Cosmos a series by Carl Sagan is a great thing for schools- But I don't know how you can tie it into English Lit.
    Plus kids can find him boring, although I never did.

    Why do scientists think space is infinite? - Would take a while to explain this one...
    What happens to time in space? - A better question would be, what effects how the passage of time is perceived? And for this- we turn to Relativity. Again, not a short answer but not an extremely complex one. Time is affected by mass(Gravity) so if you were deep in space, your perception of time passing would differ from someone standing on the surface of the Earth.
    Is space real? - Yes.
    How do scientists know there are other galaxies? - Because we can see them through a telescope. The closest galaxies are the Large and small Magellanic clouds. The closest spiral galaxy is Andromeda and on a clear night at high altitude, you can see Andromeda naked eye.


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    Try this link on the NASA site. Look under Educators on the left sidebar. I'd be interested to know if you find some of what you are looking for there.

    NASA - Educators 9-12
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