What You'll Need:
- Star chart
- Clear night
- Piece of red cellophane
Step 1: Get a star chart, and learn about the night sky. You can find one in many books at the library.
Step 2: On a clear night, go outdoors and see if you can find the constellations in the sky. The stars move throughout the year, so you'll see different constellations at different times of year.
Step 3: Look for the starting point for star-gazing, usually the North Star, also called Polaris. It's the only star that does not move. To find the North Star, find the Little Dipper. The last star on its handle is the North Star. Another way to find the North Star is to locate the Big Dipper and trace an imaginary line from the two stars in the dipper's front edge, leading up from the dipper. The North Star is along this line.
Step 4: Once you've found the North Star, try to locate the other constellations. Use a flashlight to refer to your star chart. (Cover the flashlight with red cellophane so you can still see the stars when you look back up at the sky.)
Keep reading on the next page to find out how you can fill your umbrella with constellations.
For more fun science projects for kids, check out:
- Science Projects for Kids: States of Matter
- Science Projects for Kids: The Moon
- Science Projects for Kids: Laws of Gravity and Motion