Cosmos Episode 8 Worksheet: Sisters of the Sun - Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey

Cosmos Episode 8 Worksheet: Sisters of the Sun - Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey
Cosmos Episode 8 Worksheet: Sisters of the Sun - Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey
Cosmos Episode 8 Worksheet: Sisters of the Sun - Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey
Cosmos Episode 8 Worksheet: Sisters of the Sun - Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey
Cosmos Episode 8 Worksheet: Sisters of the Sun - Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey
Cosmos Episode 8 Worksheet: Sisters of the Sun - Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey
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This worksheet accompanies Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey Episode 8: Sisters of the Sun. Scroll down to read this episode's synopsis.

Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey is an incredible educational short scientific documentary narrated by the amazing Neil Degrasse Tyson. You can find the show on various media platforms. It is perfect for an introduction to a topic, a great sub-plan, or a shake-things-up segue while you are moving between subtopics within a standard.

This 30-question 2-page EDITABLE word document and pdf include 25 short answer questions and 5 summarizing questions that you could do after the film or assign as homework. The questions are formatted short-answer style, however no answer is much longer than 1-3 words. The questions are spaced out so that they do not go too fast or too slow and encompass the entire film from start to finish.

Topics:
- Classification of Stars
- Constellations
- Historical Women of Astronomy
- Life Cycle of Stars
- The Sun
- Nuclear Fusion
- Gravity
- Atomic Forces
- Supernova
- Black Holes


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I made this and am continuing to make more of these types of worksheets because the answers for most of existing worksheets for the Cosmos are online and I really detest when students just look up the answers instead of answering on their own. Also, the summarizing questions are individualized, so students cannot find an answer that is not their own. I regularly do online searches to ensure my answers do not end up online and take action if they do.

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Cosmos Episode 8 Sisters of the Sun Video Synopsis from Wikipedia:

This episode provides an overview of the composition of stars, and their fate in billions of years. Tyson describes how early humans would identify stars via the use of constellations that tied in with various myths and beliefs, such as the Pleiades. Tyson describes the work of Edward Charles Pickering to capture the spectra of multiple stars simultaneously, and the work of the Harvard Computers or "Pickering's Harem", a team of women researchers under Pickering's mentorship, to catalog the spectra. This team included Annie Jump Cannon, who developed the stellar classification system, and Henrietta Swan Leavitt, who discovered the means to measure the distance from a star to the earth by its spectra, later used to identify other galaxies in the universe. Later, this team included Cecilia Payne, who would develop a good friendship with Cannon; Payne's thesis based on her work with Cannon was able to determine the composition and temperature of the stars, collaborating with Cannon's classification system.

Tyson then explains the lifecycle of stars, being borne out from interstellar clouds. He explains how stars like the Sun keep their size due to the conflicting forces of gravity that pulls the gases in, and the expansion from escaping gases from the fusion reactions at its core. As the Sun ages, it will grow hotter and brighter to the point where the balance between these reactions will fail, causing the Sun to first expand into a red giant, and then collapse into a white dwarf, the collapse limited by the atomic forces. Tyson explains how larger stars may form even more collapsed forms of matter, creating novas and supernovas depending on their size and leading to pulsars. Massive stars can collapse into black holes. Tyson then describes that stars can only be so large, using the example of Eta Carinae which is considered an unstable solar mass that could become a hypernova in the relatively near future. Tyson ends describing how all matter on Earth is the same stuff that stars are made of, and that light and energy from the stars is what drives life on Earth.


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