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Bryant Pond: How stars are born

posted Feb 10, 2015, 7:31 AM by Jotham Oliver   [ updated Feb 10, 2015, 8:13 AM ]
Bryant Pond, Phil and Izz, braved the rough travelling down and enlightened the clan of MESA of the stars above.

Every time we have a lesson with Bryant Pond, we have a startup activity.

Stellar Nurseries
    -cates eye nebula
    -Thor's Helmet
    -M42-Orion Nebula
    -Peiades (toddlers)

Clouds of dust and gas typically nebula contains enough matter in it to make several thousand stars (the size of our sun)

Gas in a nebula: Hydrogen, Helium, Carbon, Nitrogen, Iron, Nickel, Copper

When irregularities in the gas cloud occur, a gravitational force pulls all the matter together resulting in an increase in temperature.

AS this collapse of the gas cloud happens and the temperature increases, the one nebulae may split into many little nebulae and eventually all the collapsing gas clouds become little baby stars

Orion (AKA M42) is in the south at night, rises in the winter, has a magnitude of 4.0

Pleiades, part of Taurus constellation, made up of 250 stars, formed 60 million years ago...just a toddler!

The Taurus constellation

We then set out upon making what I thought was one of the cooler things we've ever done with Bryant Pond: making our own little planetariums with tin cans.