"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" Episode 8 Viewing Worksheet

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Episode 8. FOX

Teachers looking for an excellent television show to help drive home various science information to your students should look no further than the FOX show "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

In "Cosmos," Tyson delivers the often-complicated ideas related to understanding our solar system and cosmos in a way that all levels of learners can comprehend and still be entertained by the stories and visual representations of scientific facts.

Episodes of this show make great supplements in the science classroom and also can be used as a reward or movie day, but whatever the reason you show "Cosmos" in your classroom, you'll need a way to assess the students' learning and the following questions can be copied and pasted into a worksheet to be used while showing Cosmos Episode 8

This episode explores the Greek and Kiowa myths about the Pleiades, the astral discoveries of Annie Jump Cannon, the major star categories recognized by science, and the way stars are born, grow, and die.

A Worksheet for Episode 8 of "Cosmos"

Feel free to copy and paste or tweak the below to use with your class as a guide to follow along with the episode. The questions are presented in the order their answers appear in the episode, so if you plan to use this worksheet as a quiz afterward, it may be beneficial to shuffle up the order of the questions. 

"Cosmos" Episode 8 Worksheet                            Name:___________________

Directions: Answer the following questions as you watch episode 8 of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey."

1.  What is the cost for having all of our electric lights?

 

2. How much brighter than the Sun are the Pleiades?

 

3. In the Kiowa myth about the Pleiades, what famous tourist attraction did the rock the women were on become?

 

4. In the Greek myth of the Pleiades, what was the name of the hunter that chased after Atlas’s daughters?

 

5. What did Edward Charles Pickering call the room full of women he employed?

 

6. How many stars did Annie Jump Cannon catalog?

 

7. How did Annie Jump Cannon lose her hearing?

 

8. What did Henrietta Swan Levitt discover?

 

9. How many major categories of stars are there?

 

10. What American University accepted Cecelia Payne?

 

11. What did Henry Norris Russell discover about the Earth and the Sun?

 

12. After listening to Russell’s speech, what did Payne figure out about Cannon’s data?

 

13. Why did Russell reject Payne’s thesis?

 

14. Which stars are considered “newborns”?

 

15. How old are most of the stars in the Big Dipper?

 

16. What kind of star will the Sun be after it becomes 100 times its original size?

 

17. What kind of star will the Sun be after it collapses like a “soufflé”?

 

18. What is the name of the brightest star in our sky?

 

19. What is the fate of the star Rigel?

 

20. With a star as big as Alnilam in Orion’s belt, what will it eventually become after it implodes?

 

21. What pattern did the Aboriginal people of Australia see in between the stars?

 

22. How far away is the star in our galaxy that will hypernova?

 

23. When hydrogen fuses in the Sun, what does it make?

 

24. How long will it be before Orion finally catches up to the Pleiades?