Make a Planetarium

Make a planetarium, and you can create a representations of the night sky in your house. You'll find simple instructions in this science project for kids: the incredible universe.

Create a planetarium in your room.
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Create a planetarium in your room.

What You'll Need:

  • Shoe box
  • Scissors
  • Star chart
  • Pen or pencil
  • Pin
  • Tape
  • Flashlight
  • Books

Step 1: On one end of a shoe box, cut a hole just big enough for a flashlight to fit into.

Step 2: Cut a rectangle out of the other end of the shoe box.

Step 3: Using the star guide, draw dots on a piece of paper to represent the stars of a constellation, and poke holes through the dots with a pin. Do this for several different constellations.

Step 4: Put one of the sheets of paper over the rectangular hole in the box, and tape it in place.

Step 5: Support the flashlight with a stack of books, and put it into the hole in the other end of the box.

Step 6: In a darkened room, turn on the flashlight, and project your constellation onto a wall. Quiz your friends or family to see if they can identify the different constellations.

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