Try this star gazing project for kids if you've got stars in your eyes. There are billions of stars shining in the sky, and they're millions of miles from earth.
You can't see all of them, but with a good stargazing guide from the library and an eye on the sky, you can pick out some familiar star groups and find some new ones as well!
Get an easy guide that shows pictures of the star groups, which are called constellations. You've heard of some of them, such as the Big Dipper, the Little Dipper and the mighty hunter Orion.
Go outside on a clear, dark night when there is no moon. (It's easier to spot the constellations when house lights, streetlights and moonlight aren't blocking out the fainter stars!)
Spread a blanket on the ground. Lie on your back, and look up. Before you look for shapes and constellations, just let your eyes get a good look at the billions of stars that seem to go on forever.
Refer to the stargazing guidebook, and start looking for star groups you recognize from pictures in the book. You might want to start with one of the easiest groups to spot -- the Big Dipper. From there you can find the Little Dipper.
At the end of the curved handle on the Little Dipper is Polaris, the North Star. The North Star is almost exactly above the north pole of the earth. If you can find the North Star, you will always be able to tell which way is north!
In addition to finding stars in the sky, you can also find other planets. If you go out just after sunset, you may be able to find Venus, which is a very bright light in the sky.
To find Mars, look for a steady, reddish light. The planet Jupiter is much whiter than stars and does not twinkle, and Saturn has a yellow light. Look for "stars" that move.
Don't be surprised to find out that the star you see moving across the sky is really a plane or a satellite!
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