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Monster of the Milky Way

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Before Watching

  1. List on the board what students know about black holes. Where did students learn their information (e.g., science fiction books or movies, articles, news reports)? Have students rate each fact with how confident they feel about its accuracy. Add any questions students have about black holes.

  2. Organize the class into three groups and have each group take notes on one of the following topics: how astronomers search for black holes and the challenges of learning about them, what is known about black holes in general, and what is known about the supermassive black hole in the center of our galaxy.


After Watching

  1. Have each group that took notes on the same topic present their notes to the class. Review how scientists determined what is in the center of our galaxy. What evidence led them to know it was a supermassive black hole? What do scientists still want to know about black holes?

  2. Based on the information from the program, have students revisit the list on the board and compare their previous understanding to what they know now. Have students provide data to support or disprove the facts and answer the questions listed. Assign teams to research and report back any remaining facts or questions not answered by the program.

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