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This is an activity about constellations. Learners will create a simple star finder using basic materials and learn to use it to be able to identify constellations in the night sky for various dates and times. The star finder can also be used to... (View More)

This is an activity exploring the connections between astronomy and culture. Learners will design their own constellation pattern based on the stars representing Ursa Major and write a short story to go along with their design. Then, they will share... (View More)

This is an activity about comets. Depending on the grade level of learners, either the instructor or the learners will construct a model comet using dry ice, ammonia, dirt, corn syrup, and water. This is Activity E-2 of Universe at Your Fingertips... (View More)

This is an activity about the apparent motions of Venus as seen from Earth. Learners will make a 3-D model using themselves, a light source, and a small white ball to visually understand Venus's orbital cycle and why it can sometimes can be seen in... (View More)

Learners will first observe a first quarter Moon and as a group, predict which phase the Moon will be in during the next observation. They then continue to chart the progress of the lunar cycle of phases throughout the following weeks to better... (View More)

This is an activity about observing. Learners will look for particular stars, their colors and brightnesses, as well as important constellations in the nighttime sky. They also will compare the relative brightness of the sky near towns to gauge the... (View More)

This is an activity about observing. Learners will look for particular stars, their colors and brightnesses, as well as important constellations in the nighttime sky. They also will compare the relative brightness of the sky near towns to gauge the... (View More)

This is an activity about telling time. Learners will construct a northern-hemisphere star clock and will set their star clocks based on the position of the Big Dipper in the sky. Then, they will use their star clocks to predict where the Big Dipper... (View More)

This is an activity about cultural references to astronomy. Learners will create a list of products that have been named after astronomical objects, which the class discusses. As a homework project, they can search local stores or media for... (View More)

This is an activity about observing sunset positions. Learners will observe the position of sunset over the course of two to three months, at minimum, or up to a year, at maximum, and discuss results and predict future sunset locations. This is... (View More)