LOOKING AT THE STARS
WHAT IS A GALAXY ?
WHAT IS A CONSTELLATION ?
Long long ago people gave these star-pictures names like Orion (the hunter) or Cassiopeia (the queen).
The Big Dipper is a pattern of stars in the constellation of Ursa Major or the Great Bear. Nearby is the Little Dipper.
The North Star is at the end of the Little Dipper's handle. The North Star helped to guide people for hundreds of years.
The constellations change positions with the seasons. Some constellations are seen at different times of the year.
If you are interested in looking at stars and constellations, you need a telescope and sky charts ( maps of the sky ).
Astronomers use huge telescopes in places
called observatories for studying the stars.
You can also go to a planetarium to find out
about stars. A projector shows the moving
stars and planets on a domed ceiling.
web page by J.Giannetta (Jan/99)