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Photo Shows A Billion Stars (30th March, 2012)

A new photograph shows there are around one billion stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way. It is the first time we can see so many stars in one image. The picture also shows the centre of the galaxy. Astronomers spent ten years making the photo. They used two powerful telescopes in Hawaii and Chile. The stargazers then gave their images to scientists at universities in Edinburgh and Cambridge. They joined the images from the northern and southern hemispheres to create the amazing photograph.

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Dr Nick Cross of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Physics and Astronomy said: “This incredible image gives us a new [view] of our galaxy and [shows] the far-reaching discoveries we can make." Dr Cross explained his excitement when he first saw the picture: “When it was first produced, I played with it for hours. It's just stunning," he said. He added: "There are many uses for this picture. It will help us really understand the true nature of our galaxy; to see where everything is."


 
 

Photo: Mike Read (WFAU) / UKIDSS/GPS/VVV

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.
Paragraph 1

1.

there are around

a.

Way

2

the Milky

b.

telescopes

3.

the centre

c.

hemispheres

4.

They used two powerful

d.

at universities

5.

scientists

e.

one billion stars

6.

the northern and southern

f.

of the galaxy

Paragraph 2

1.

far-reaching

a.

with it for hours

2

I played

b.

our galaxy

3.

It's just

c.

discoveries

4.

There are many uses

d.

where everything is

5.

the true nature of

e.

for this picture

6.

to see

f.

stunning


LISTENING GAP FILL


A new photograph shows there are __________________ stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way. It is the first time we can see so many __________________. The picture also shows the centre of the galaxy. Astronomers __________________ making the photo. They used two powerful telescopes in Hawaii and Chile. The stargazers then gave their __________________ at universities in Edinburgh and Cambridge. They joined the images from the northern and __________________ to create the __________________.
Dr Nick Cross of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Physics and Astronomy said: “This __________________ gives us a new [view] of our galaxy and [shows] the far-__________________ we can make." Dr Cross ____________________ when he first saw the picture: “When it was first produced, I played with it for hours. __________________," he said. He added: "There are __________________ this picture. It will help us really understand __________________ our galaxy; to see where everything is."


MULTIPLE CHOICE


A new photograph shows there are (1) ____ one billion stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way. It is the first time we can see (2) ____ many stars in one image. The picture also shows the centre (3) ____ the galaxy. Astronomers spent ten years (4) ____ the photo. They used two powerful telescopes in Hawaii and Chile. The stargazers then gave their images to scientists at universities in Edinburgh and Cambridge. They (5) ____ the images from the northern and southern hemispheres to (6) ____ the amazing photograph.
Dr Nick Cross of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Physics and Astronomy said: “This (7) ____ image gives us a new [(8) ____] of our galaxy and [shows] the (9) ____-reaching discoveries we can make." Dr Cross explained his excitement when he first saw the picture: “When it was first produced, I played with it for hours. It's (10) ____ stunning," he said. He added: "There are many (11) ____ for this picture. It will help us really understand the true (12) ____ of our galaxy; to see where everything is."
Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

around

(b)

here

(c)

all over

2.

(a)

such

(b)

so-so

(c)

so

3.

(a)

as

(b)

of

(c)

at

4.

(a)

making

(b)

made

(c)

makes

5.

(a)

joint

(b)

joined

(c)

joining

6.

(a)

creative

(b)

creation

(c)

create

7.

(a)

incredible

(b)

inedible

(c)

indelible

8.

(a)

watch

(b)

view

(c)

see

9.

(a)

far

(b)

long way

(c)

via

10.

(a)

must

(b)

dust

(c)

just

11.

(a)

used

(b)

using

(c)

uses

12

(a)

natural

(b)

nature

(c)

nurture


SPELLING


Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

one billion stars in our yaglxa

2.

The picture also shows the erecnt

3.

two olwfepur telescopes

4.

nsessictit at universities

5.

northern and ohrsunte hemispheres

6.

the zangmia photograph

 

Paragraph 2

7.

This lienibecrd image

8.

far-iecnrahg discoveries

9.

Dr Cross xaiedplne his excitement

10.

first udedcrop

11.

It's just gunsntin

12.

understand the true renatu


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER


Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

uses for this picture. It will help us really understand the true

(    )

scientists at universities in Edinburgh and Cambridge. They joined the images

(    )

centre of the galaxy. Astronomers spent ten years making the photo. They used two powerful

(    )

telescopes in Hawaii and Chile. The stargazers then gave their images to

(    )

from the northern and southern hemispheres to create the amazing photograph.

(    )

nature of our galaxy; to see where everything is."

(    )

Dr Nick Cross of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Physics and Astronomy said: “This incredible

(    )

produced, I played with it for hours. It's just stunning," he said. He added: "There are many

(    )

make." Dr Cross explained his excitement when he first saw the picture: “When it was first

(    )

the Milky Way. It is the first time we can see so many stars in one image. The picture also shows the

(    )

image gives us a new [view] of our galaxy and [shows] the far-reaching discoveries we can

1  )

A new photograph shows there are around one billion stars in our galaxy,


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

our     There     one     in     around     stars     galaxy     are     billion.    

2.

time     see     stars     first     can     many     The     we     so.    

3.

photo     the     making     years     ten     spent     Astronomers.    

4.

their     gave     then     Stargazers     scientists     to     images.    

5.

hemispheres     southern     and     northern     the     from     Images.    

6.

a     incredible     new     image     view     gives     us     This.    

7.

far     can     -     make     reaching     discoveries     The     we.    

8.

for     uses     many     are     There     picture     this.    

9.

understand     It     help     really     will     us.    

10.

true     of     galaxy     The     nature     our.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING


Write about stars for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.
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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
2. STARS: Search the Internet and find more information about stars. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about the Milky Way photo. Include imaginary interviews with the astronomers. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
5. LETTER: Write a letter to an astronomy expert. Ask him/her three questions about stars. Give him/her three of your opinions on them. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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