Hi-ya folks! The Sassafras Science Twins are in the how-ouse to share three simple science activities we love to use to learn the constellations.
So grab some index cards, a pencil, a flashlight, some marshmallows, a pack of toothpicks, a blanket, and binoculars or a telescope and let's dig in...
We learned about constellations on the sixth leg of our fantastical summer-science journey. But we thought we'd review what constellations are before we dig into the science fun.
Constellations are a collection of stars that have been named. They are all visible from Earth, but what constellations you see and when you see them depends upon where you live on Earth.
There are 88 internationally recognized constellations. All the constellations have a Latin name, some have a local nickname, but all have a story behind their name. Many constellations were named after the characters found in ancient Greek myths.
Now that you know a bit of the science behind the fun, let's get to the activities...
First, we like to make marshmallow constellations because this helps us to see the shape of a constellation.
We promise we only eat a few marshmallows, maybe a handful, in this process.
Next, we like to make constellation cards because these allow us to become familiar with a new constellation. Here's how this works:
But, lucky for you, the peeps at Elemental Science have made a free printable for y'all with constellation cards for 8 of the most common constellations. (Just click on the link to download those.)
And finally, now that we have a good idea of what the constellation looks like, we head outside to find it in the night sky.
Here are a few night sky spotting tips to help you out!
And that's our favorite three simple science activities you can use to learn about constellations. Let us know if you tried any of these out! And if you share a pic of what you did on Instagram, tag us @sassafrassci so we can enjoy it, too!!
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