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Video Information and Comprehension Questions

The Future of the Milky Way

The following questions appear onscreen in the video. Feel free to integrate them into your lesson plan as needed.


 
Part I
Questions to consider before watching the video:
  • Think about ways in which astronomers from around the globe gather information about our galaxy, the Milky Way. Pay attention to the equipment and the facilities scientists use in their study of the galaxy.
  • Share any personal experiences that you might have had observing the night sky.
Questions to consider after watching the video:
  • Describe the appearance of the Milky Way. Where is our solar system located within the Milky Way?
  • At the center of the Milky Way is a powerful black hole. What is a black hole? What role do black holes play in the galaxy?
Suggested activity
Create a comic strip that depicts life on Earth without the force of gravity. Include details such as how the lack of gravity would affect daily routines.
 
 
Part II
Questions to consider before watching the video:
  • For thousands of years, scientists, philosophers, and mystics have made many fascinating predictions about the future of the cosmos. What are your thoughts regarding the future of our planet, our galaxy, and the universe?
  • Share the names of any books or films that have helped shape your views.
Questions to consider after watching the video:
  • Scientists forecast that Earth's environment will eventually become inhospitable to humans. What is the basis of this prediction? Discuss the conditions necessary for such an event.
  • What would you propose to save the human race from extinction?
Suggested activity
Imagine that today is the eve of an imminent collision between the Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy, the nearest spiral galaxy. Write a science fiction story describing the day's events.