English Conversation – The Universe
This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about space and the universe. Watch a video about the size of the universe; learn some key vocabulary and discover how to answer conversation questions about this fascinating subject.
A video about the universe
- What was the most amazing fact you learned about the universe?
- Why do you find it amazing?
- Unfathomable: too strange or mysterious to be understood
- Constellation: A group of stars that can be seen as a pattern from Earth.
- Black Hole: an area in outer space into which everything near it, including light, is pulled in
- Asteroid: Small, rocky object orbiting the Sun.
- Meteoroid: A small chunk of rock from an asteroid which orbits the Sun.
- Solar eclipse: When the moon's orbit comes between the earth and the sun and it looks like the sun is blacked out.
- Lunar eclipse: When the earth prevents sunlight from reaching the moon.
- The sky is the limit – When people say that the sky is the limit, they think that there are no limits to the possibilities something could have.
- Are you interested in the universe?
- What are some of the mysteries of the universe that you would like to know about?
- Why are scientists so interested in finding out about the universe?
- Would you like to go to the moon or travel into space?
- Would you be afraid to travel into space?
- Would you like to experience the feeling of being without gravity?
- What do you think would be the most exciting aspect of space travel?
- Do you think astronauts have a difficult job?
- Do you think it would get boring in space?
- Do you agree with government’s spending billions of dollars on space exploration?
- Do you think space tourism could become the next big industry?
- Do you think that eventually earth will become uninhabitable and human beings will be forced to populate another planet?
- Do you think the universe has an end?
- When do you think people will visit Mars?
- Do you think it is possible that humans could ever live on Mars?
- Have you ever been to an observatory? What did you see?
- Do you think life exists on other planets?
- Do you think earth is visited by extra-terrestrials in UFOs?
- Do you think there is risk of planet earth being hit by asteroid?
- Do you think NASA knows more than they tell us?
- Do you think that many people have a fear of our inability to control factors in the universe?
- Have you ever seen a solar eclipse?