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CONSTELLATIONS

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CONSTELLATIONS  ACTIVITY       WINTER 2014

 

 

DIRECTIONS FOR THIS ACTIVITY

 

There are MANY websites with information about constellations.  Mrs. Scott has provided links to five helpful websites.  Use the links below to investigate constellations.

 

Choose a few constellations (3 or 4) to sketch in the box provided on the paper.

 

Label each illustration and create a caption that explains the reason for that constellation's name.

 

example of a caption: 

The Big Dipper looks like a ladle or a small pan with a long handle that ancient people used for drinking water.

 

 

THINKING POINTS TO CONSIDER DURING YOUR INVESTIGATION:

 

1.  Is there a difference between the constellations which children in South Africa are able to see and the constellations that children in Canada (and New Jersey) are able to see?   Explain.

 

2.  Are people able to view the same constellations during the winter and during the summer? Explain.

 

 

WEBSITES:

 

1.   LIST of CONSTELLATIONS and some facts, no

pictures. http://www.astro.wisc.edu/~dolan/constellations/constellation_list.html

 

 

2.   Constellation Guide: This website offers pictures and brief explanations of 88 constellations.

http://stardate.org/nightsky/constellations

 

 

3.   Zodiac Constellations   (with diagrams)  http://www.space.com/15722-constellations.html

 

 

4.   Constellations and Brief Descriptions with Illustrations. This website also explains which stars are the brightest in each constellation. 

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/astronomy/stars/constellations.shtml

 

 

5.   Constellations and Stars:  this website explains the star formations and distances and includes a description of the item or person that the constellation is named after.  http://www2.potsdam.edu/islamma/Phys335Constellations.htm

 

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