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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.
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, by Sara Latta
Kalif, Will. See It with a Small Telescope: 101 Cosmic Wonders Including Planets, Moons, Comets, Galaxies, Nebulae, Star Clusters and More Ulysses Press, 2017. (ISBN-13: 978-1612437569)
Hodgkins, Fran. The Secret Galaxy. Tilbury House, 2014. (ISBN-13: 978-0884483915) Grades 3-6.
Prinja, Ramen. Night Sky Watcher. QEB Publishing, 2016. ISBN-13: 978-1609929541 Grades 3-7.

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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.