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"From the Ted Talk by Andrew Connolly: What's the next window into our universe?"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So in 1781, an English composer, technologist and astronomer called wiaillm Herschel noticed an object on the sky that didn't quite move the way the rest of the stras did. And Herschel's recognition that something was different, that something wasn't quite right, was the discovery of a planet, the planet unuars, a name that has entertained countless gerinneotas of children, but a planet that onehrigvt doubled the size of our known solar system. Just last month, NASA announced the discovery of 517 new pelntas in orbit around nearby stars, almost doubling overnight the number of planets we know about within our galaxy. So astronomy is constantly being transformed by this ccaaptiy to collect data, and with data almost dolbiung every year, within the next two decades, me may even reach the point for the first time in history where we've discovered the majority of the galaxies within the unvrsiee.

Open Cloze

So in 1781, an English composer, technologist and astronomer called _______ Herschel noticed an object on the sky that didn't quite move the way the rest of the _____ did. And Herschel's recognition that something was different, that something wasn't quite right, was the discovery of a planet, the planet ______, a name that has entertained countless ___________ of children, but a planet that _________ doubled the size of our known solar system. Just last month, NASA announced the discovery of 517 new _______ in orbit around nearby stars, almost doubling overnight the number of planets we know about within our galaxy. So astronomy is constantly being transformed by this ________ to collect data, and with data almost ________ every year, within the next two decades, me may even reach the point for the first time in history where we've discovered the majority of the galaxies within the ________.

Solution

  1. planets
  2. generations
  3. capacity
  4. universe
  5. overnight
  6. stars
  7. william
  8. uranus
  9. doubling

Original Text

So in 1781, an English composer, technologist and astronomer called William Herschel noticed an object on the sky that didn't quite move the way the rest of the stars did. And Herschel's recognition that something was different, that something wasn't quite right, was the discovery of a planet, the planet Uranus, a name that has entertained countless generations of children, but a planet that overnight doubled the size of our known solar system. Just last month, NASA announced the discovery of 517 new planets in orbit around nearby stars, almost doubling overnight the number of planets we know about within our galaxy. So astronomy is constantly being transformed by this capacity to collect data, and with data almost doubling every year, within the next two decades, me may even reach the point for the first time in history where we've discovered the majority of the galaxies within the universe.

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solar system 12
dark energy 11

Important Words

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