Planetary Nebula Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts


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When the scientist William Herschel named planetary nebula, he thought the one he saw looked like a planet because it was bluish-green and round. Which planet did it remind him of?

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1. When some sun-like stars begin to die, they change and become a star called a _____.

2. What is a planetary nebula?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What do you know about a planetary nebula? Find out with questions on main points like a planetary nebula seen by William Herschel and the death of sun-like stars.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

See how much you know about the following:

  • Defining a planetary nebula
  • First planetary nebula that was discovered
  • Feature of a planetary nebula

Skills Practiced

  • Reading awareness - make sure you know the most important information from the lesson on a planetary nebula and what some sun-like stars change into as they die
  • Remembering details - remember what you've learned about which planet looked similar to a nebula seen by William Herschel
  • Understanding key ideas - make sure you can correctly explain a planetary nebula

Additional Learning

Use the lesson called Planetary Nebula Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts to learn more about the following:

  • Gases in stars like our Sun
  • Particles from a planetary nebula
  • The way planetary nebulae (more than one nebula) are studied by scientists
  • Planetary nebulae in the Milky Way Galaxy