Objective: The children will investigate stars and constellations, and make their own constellations using flashlights.‹ Return to Theme
When you look up in the sky at night, you can see many stars. On a clear, dark night, there are between 1,000 and 1,500 stars visible in the sky. While the stars are always in the sky, we can only see them at night because our Sun is so bright. Scientists who study stars, planets, and other space objects are called “astronomers.” They have discovered that stars are huge balls of very hot, glowing gas. Stars are different sizes and brightness. Some stars are very big, even bigger than the Sun. Some are brighter because they are very large stars, and some appear brighter because they are closer to the Earth. Stars can range in color from blue, which are the hottest stars, to white, yellow, and red, which are the coolest stars.
A long time ago, when people studied the stars, they gave the stars names. These star watchers thought that certain groups of stars looked like animals and, sometimes, people. There are 88 pictures that the stars make in the sky; these are called “constellations.” Because the Earth is circling the Sun, we can see different constellations at different times of the year. Some of the constellations are named after animals, people, or objects. There are many stories that were made up thousands of years ago to go along with these constellations. These stories were made up and are not real. This was a form of entertainment for people many years ago, but many people know and still tell these same stories today.
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