When it comes to constellation memorization, nothing beats a night out under the stars. But have you ever been lost looking for familiar star formations in the night sky? It can be tricky!
Here’s a shortcut for teaching the whole family to quickly recognize constellations: start indoors first.
Here’s what you need:
- cardboard discs
- a pencil
- a hole punch
- a flashlight or a lamp with the shade off
- a dark room
Now just follow the examples below, and you’ll be seeing stars in no time!
Trace and cut out a circle on a piece of poster board.
Draw a simple constellation. We chose the Big Dipper (Ursa Major).
Leave spaces between each line to dot with a marker.
These dots are your star formation.
Now, poke out the dots with a hole punch or sharp object.
Find a dark room in the house and shine your flashlight against the disc to create a constellation on your wall.
Experiment with the distance between the lamp, the disc, and the wall to get your best constellation shadow!
Other easy constellations are Orion (the hunter), Leo (lion), Pisces (fish), and Canis Major (dog).