The Reading / Listening - Astronomy - Level 2

A French photographer won a photography contest. Nicolas Lefaudeux won the prize in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. This is run by the UK's Royal Observatory. Lefaudeux won $17,000 for his photo of our closest galaxy - Andromeda. This is two million light years from Earth. It is next to our Milky Way galaxy. He used a special technique to take his photo. It is a spectacular photo that makes Andromeda look really close to us. In the photo, we can clearly see the bright galaxy in the darkness of space. It is surrounded by countless other stars.



Mr Lefaudeux is a well-known photographer. His photo is titled "Andromeda Galaxy at Arm's Length". It beat thousands of other photos from top photographers. It won in the "Galaxies" category, as well as the competition's overall best photograph. He was very surprised at winning the top prize. He said: "I was really not expecting to be the overall winner. I had some hopes for being placed in the galaxy category, as I liked the sense of depth given to the galaxy." He joked that he was "over the Moon" when he got the news. Reporters said he could now "reach for the stars".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Astronomy - Level 0 Astronomy - Level 1   or  Astronomy - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.livescience.com/astronomy-photography-contest-greenwich-winners.html
  • https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiecartereurope/2020/09/10/stunning-photograph-of-a-socially-distanced-andromeda-galaxy-scoops-13000-prize/
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8722329/Stunning-image-Andromeda-galaxy-takes-prize-astronomy-photographer-year-2020.html


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. a photography
  2. his photo of our closest
  3. This is two million light
  4. It is next to our Milky
  5. He used a special technique
  6. we can clearly
  7. in the darkness
  8. It is surrounded by
  1. years from Earth
  2. of space
  3. to take his photo
  4. countless other stars
  5. contest
  6. galaxy
  7. see the bright galaxy
  8. Way galaxy

Paragraph 2

  1. Mr Lefaudeux is a well-
  2. It beat thousands
  3. It won in the "Galaxies"
  4. the competition's overall
  5. surprised at winning
  6. He joked that he was
  7. when he got
  8. reach for the
  1. over the Moon
  2. the top prize
  3. stars
  4. of other photos
  5. the news
  6. best photograph
  7. known photographer
  8. category

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A French photographer (1) ___________________ contest. Nicolas Lefaudeux won the prize in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. This (2) ___________________ the UK's Royal Observatory. Lefaudeux won $17,000 for his photo of our closest galaxy - Andromeda. This is two million (3) ___________________ Earth. It is next to our Milky Way galaxy. He used a special (4) ___________________ his photo. It is a spectacular photo that makes Andromeda look really (5) ___________________. In the photo, we can clearly see the bright galaxy in the darkness of space. It is surrounded (6) ___________________ stars.

Mr Lefaudeux is a well-known photographer. His (7) ___________________ "Andromeda Galaxy at Arm's Length". It beat thousands of (8) ___________________ top photographers. It won in the "Galaxies" category, (9) ___________________ the competition's overall best photograph. He was very surprised at winning the top prize. He said: "I was (10) ___________________ to be the overall winner. I had some hopes for being placed in the galaxy category, as I liked the (11) ___________________ given to the galaxy." He joked that he was "over the Moon" when he got the news. Reporters said he could (12) ___________________ the stars".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AFrenchphotographerwonaphotographycontest.NicolasLefaudeux
wontheprizeintheAstronomyPhotographeroftheYearcompetition.Th
isisrunbytheUK'sRoyalObservatory.Lefaudeuxwon$17,000forhisph
otoofourclosestgalaxy-Andromeda.Thisistwomillionlightyearsfro
mEarth.ItisnexttoourMilkyWaygalaxy.Heusedaspecialtechniquetot
akehisphoto.ItisaspectacularphotothatmakesAndromedalookreally
closetous.Inthephoto,wecanclearlyseethebrightgalaxyinthedarkne
ssofspace.Itissurroundedbycountlessotherstars.MrLefaudeuxisawe
ll-knownphotographer.Hisphotoistitled"AndromedaGalaxyatArm'
sLength".Itbeatthousandsofotherphotosfromtopphotographers.Itw
oninthe"Galaxies"category,aswellasthecompetition'soverallbestph
otograph.Hewasverysurprisedatwinningthetopprize.Hesaid:"Iwasr
eallynotexpectingtobetheoverallwinner.Ihadsomehopesforbeingpla
cedinthegalaxycategory,asIlikedthesenseofdepthgiventothegalaxy
."Hejokedthathewas"overtheMoon"whenhegotthenews.Reporterss
aidhecouldnow"reachforthestars".

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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