How Does the Interstellar Medium Help Form Stars?


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A star in its earliest stage of development is known as a:

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1. The regions of interstellar matter where protostars are born, the stellar nurseries, are called:

2. In this lesson's sense, a cocoon is:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

If you've ever wondered about some of the ways astronomers look into the nurseries of stars (and what they find there), then read through this quiz/worksheet combo on the interstellar medium. You'll be asked a series of questions that test your understanding of how stars are born.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz and worksheet to study the following:

  • Definitions of the main parts of the interstellar medium
  • What the interstellar medium is
  • An overview of how stars are formed
  • How astronomers view these phenomena

Skills Practiced

Use these materials to practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on star formation
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as molecular clouds and shock wave
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding cocoons and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

The lesson titled How Does the Interstellar Medium Help Form Stars? will further assist your study of these star nurseries. In that lesson, you'll cover the following objectives:

  • Define key vocabulary terms
  • Explain how scientists peer inside the interstellar medium
  • Provide an explanation of how stars are formed
  • Show why we need special equipment to see these occurrences