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PASS: Constellations Tonight

PASS: Constellations Tonight

PASS: Constellations Tonight

Constellations Tonight, designed for public audiences and for students in grades 4 and above, begins by inviting the students to locate a familiar star pattern, the Big Dipper. In the Star Map activity, students learn how to use a star map for finding specific constellations in the planetarium sky. They take turns pointing out their constellations to the entire audience. Short constellation myths made be told for some of the constellations. And for selected constellations, telescope views of star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies in the constellation may be shown. The beauty of this program is that each student walks away from the planetarium with a valuable tool and skill for finding constellations in the real night sky.

The parts of the Constellations Tonight show are:

  1. Sky Map Activity
  2. Mythology
  3. Motion of the Stars

Adjustable Star Wheels that can be set for any time of day, any date of the year are available at http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/do_science_now/starwheels

Associated classroom activities are:

  • Astronomy Quiz
  • Creating Constellations
  • More Mythology
  • Using Star Maps

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