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Make your own Planetarium

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In this activity, patrons will learn how ancient people related to constellations and asterisms, then use their imagination to create a star pattern and accompanying story. Library staff can have patrons draw their designs on paper or make an inflatable planetarium, in which patrons will poke out their star constellations.

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Add a Tech Twist App for learning more about the constellations, such as Star Walk or Sky Map (see https://www.forbes.com/sites/jesseshanahan/2018/05/09/the-best-free-stargazing-apps-of-2018)
Hints for uses in your library This is a big project, but well worth the time! Please adhere to the "Safety Tips" listed in the activity.
Related Links Websites:
Space Place Activity Guide
ESA on Galaxies
What is a galaxy
Solar System, Galaxy, Universe: What's the Difference?
Galaxies
Sorting Galaxies
More to Explore: Stars, Constellations and Astronomy
How Does Our Sun Compare With Other Stars?
Constellations and the Calendar
Ready, Jet, Go!
Night Sky Network

Images:
Deep Space Studies
Supernovae Slideshow from National Geographic
Hubble Images
Astronomy picture of the day

Videos:
The Milky Way for Children, Galaxies and Space: Astronomy for Kids Videos:
ScienceCasts: Red and Golden Planets at Opposition
ScienceCasts: A Star With Spiral Arms
NASA ScienceCasts: Something for Every Sky Watcher
Stargazing with Kids | Adventures in Learning | PBS Parents
Originating Source NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Related Books
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Find the Constellation by H.A. Rey
The Stars by H.A. Rey
The Great Canoes in the Sky
The Seven Sisters of the Pleiades
Exploring Constellations
See It with a Small Telescope: 101 Cosmic Wonders
The Secret Galaxy.
Night Sky Watcher
Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry
Supernovas
Born with a Bang: The Universe Tells Our Cosmic Story
Write on ... Space
The Sun and Stars
Looking Up!: The Science of Stargazing
Look Inside Space
CatStronauts
Zoo in the Sky : a Book of Animal Constellations
Once Upon a Starry Night

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Make your own Planetarium

Make your own Planetarium

In this activity, patrons will learn how ancient people related to constellations and asterisms, then use their imagination to create a star pattern and accompanying story. Library staff can have patrons draw their designs on paper or make an inflatable planetarium, in which patrons will poke out their star constellations.