The Reading / Listening - Space Objects - Level 5

Astronomers from a program called Breakthrough Listen believe that aliens could be listening to us on Earth. Breakthrough Listen searches for evidence of alien life beyond Earth. The scientists are excited about a giant, mysterious space object that has just passed Earth. The object is an 800-meter-long, 80-meter-wide, cigar-shaped rock. Scientists believe the rock has too many straight lines on it for it to come from nature. This suggests it could have been made by extra-terrestrial life. The scientists called the rock Oumuamua, which means 'messenger' in the Hawaiian language.



The astronomers first spotted Oumuamua as it travelled at great speed through our solar system. It passed Earth at about 85 times the distance to the Moon. This is very near, relative to how big the universe is. Oumuamua is the first object spotted in our solar system that appears to come from another galaxy. Its high speed of 300,000 kph suggests it is outside the gravitational pull of the Sun. It is travelling on its own path. The scientists said it was unlikely that Oumuamua was proof that aliens exist. The huge rock and its journey is a unique event that could offer new secrets.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Space Objects - Level 4 or  Space Objects - Level 6

Sources
  • http://breakthroughinitiatives.org/news/14
  • http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2017/12/scientists_are_watching_oumuamua_an_asteroid_they_think_could_be_an_alien.html
  • https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/alien-probe-or-galactic-driftwood-seti-tunes-in-to-oumuamua/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Astronomers from a
  2. aliens could be
  3. searches for evidence of alien
  4. a giant, mysterious space
  5. the rock has too many
  6. it could have been made by
  7. The scientists called the
  8. which means 'messenger' in the
  1. rock Oumuamua
  2. program
  3. Hawaiian language
  4. straight lines
  5. life beyond Earth
  6. object
  7. listening to us
  8. extra-terrestrial life

Paragraph 2

  1. it travelled at great speed through
  2. about 85 times the distance
  3. the first object spotted
  4. it is outside the gravitational
  5. It is travelling
  6. The scientists said it
  7. proof that
  8. a unique event that could offer
  1. was unlikely
  2. pull of the Sun
  3. new secrets
  4. to the Moon
  5. aliens exist
  6. in our solar system
  7. our solar system
  8. on its own path

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Astronomers (1) ___________________ called Breakthrough Listen believe that aliens could be listening to us on Earth. Breakthrough Listen searches for (2) ___________________ life beyond Earth. The scientists are excited about a giant, mysterious (3) ___________________ has just passed Earth. The object is an 800-meter-long, 80-meter-wide, (4) __________________. Scientists believe the rock has too many straight (5) ___________________ for it to come from nature. This suggests it could have been made by extra-terrestrial life. The scientists (6) ___________________ Oumuamua, which means 'messenger' in the Hawaiian language.

The astronomers first spotted Oumuamua as it (7) ___________________ speed through (8) ___________________. It passed Earth at about 85 times the distance to the Moon. This is very near, (9) __________________ big the universe is. Oumuamua is the first object spotted in our solar system that (10) ___________________ from another galaxy. Its high speed of 300,000 kph suggests it is outside the gravitational pull of the Sun. It is travelling on (11) ___________________. The scientists said it was unlikely that Oumuamua was proof that aliens exist. The huge rock and its journey is a unique event that could (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AstronomersfromaprogramcalledBreakthroughListenbelievethatali
enscouldbelisteningtousonEarth.BreakthroughListensearchesforevi
denceofalienlifebeyondEarth.Thescientistsareexcitedaboutagiant,
mysteriousspaceobjectthathasjustpassedEarth.Theobjectisan800-
meter-long,80-meter-wide,cigar-shapedrock.Scientistsbelievether
ockhastoomanystraightlinesonitforittocomefromnature.Thissugges
tsitcouldhavebeenmadebyextra-terrestriallife.Thescientistscalle
dtherockOumuamua,whichmeans'messenger'intheHawaiianlangua
ge.TheastronomersfirstspottedOumuamuaasittravelledatgreatspee
dthroughoursolarsystem.ItpassedEarthatabout85timesthedistance
totheMoon.Thisisverynear,relativetohowbigtheuniverseis.Oumuam
uaisthefirstobjectspottedinoursolarsystemthatappearstocomefrom
anothergalaxy.Itshighspeedof300,000kphsuggestsitisoutsidethegr
avitationalpulloftheSun.Itistravellingonitsownpath.Thescientistssai
ditwasunlikelythatOumuamuawasproofthataliensexist.Thehugeroc
kanditsjourneyisauniqueeventthatcouldoffernewsecrets.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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