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Stars and Constellations
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Stars and Constellations

Starry, starry night. In ancient times, the stars were a mystery. Yet people did see patterns in the night sky, groups of stars that we call constellations.

Each group was given a name based on mythology, which means each constellation also has a story that goes along with it. Discover the mysteries of the sky right here!

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How to Find the South Celestial Pole

How to Find the South Celestial Pole

How do you find south in the Southern Hemisphere? Although no bright star like Polaris marks the position of the South Celestial Pole, you can figure out its approximate location. More...

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Constellation Hunt

Constellation Hunt

Learning all of the constellations can be difficult. Start by recognizing some of the major ones. This game will help! More...

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KidsKnowIt.com
Constellations

Constellations

What you see in the night sky all depends on your point of view. Explore this website to learn more about the different constellation and how they're divided into different groups. More...

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PacSci-Doku: Celestial River

PacSci-Doku: Celestial River

What constellation "flows" at the foot of Orion? Use I, A, E, T, N, R, D, S, and U to find the answer in this Sudoku-like challenge. More...

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Pacific Science Center
Polaris Is the North Star

Polaris Is the North Star

Because Polaris sits atop the North Celestial Pole, the whole northern sky seems to revolve around it. Can you recognize the Big Dipper constellation? Then you can find Polaris (and therefore north). More...

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EarthSky.org
Constellation Pictures

Constellation Pictures

Did you know there are 88 modern day constellations? Do you know what they look like? Do you know the names? Find out here. More...

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About.com
Constellations: The Zodiac

Constellations: The Zodiac

To ancient peoples the clusters of stars in the sky were more than representations of their mythologies, they also helped mark the time of year. More...

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Space.com
How to Spot Constellations

How to Spot Constellations

Ever wonder how people can find the constellations in the night sky? Watch this video for step-by-step instructions on how you can become a stargazer. More...

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howcast.com
Learn How to Get Oriented in the Night Sky for Stargazing

Learn How to Get Oriented in the Night Sky for Stargazing

How do you describe where something is in the night sky? Before you start saying, "Well, it's a little up, and a little to the left," watch this video. More...

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Eyes on the Sky
Star Finders and Constellations

Star Finders and Constellations

Make a star finder or download a star map to help you find the constellations. Learn how the stars are used to navigate. Be sure to select the link to "What are Constellations Anyway". More...

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NASA
Backyard Astronomer: The Constellations

Backyard Astronomer: The Constellations

Where did the word constellation come from? How did these groups of stars get their names? Watch this video and learn about constellations and how to see them in the night sky. More...

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History Channel
Learn About the Constellations

Learn About the Constellations

A guide to the constellations: This helpful tutorial explains the constellations that adorn our night sky and will help you learn to recognize and locate them. More...

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VideoJug
Northern Hemisphere Constellations

Northern Hemisphere Constellations

The night sky is different in the Northern Hemisphere than in the Southern Hemisphere. The constellations visible differ by season as well. Click through to find out more about what you might see. More...

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Windows to the Universe
Sirius: Brightest Star in Earth’s Night Sky

Sirius: Brightest Star in Earth’s Night Sky

Nicknamed the "Dog Star" because it's part of the Canis Major, Sirius A is the brightest star in the night sky. Take a look at its role in ancient history — and new findings from the past decade. More...

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Space.com
Sky Map (Planoshpere)

Sky Map (Planoshpere)

Find out what the sky looks like tonight by using this interactive sky map of the constellations. You can change the time and day to keep up with your constellation watching! More...

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KidsAstronomy.com
Southern Hemisphere Constellations

Southern Hemisphere Constellations

The North Star is not visible in the Southern Hemisphere, but the Southern Cross is. Check out the constellations visible south of the equator! More...

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Windows to the Universe
What Will the Constellations Look Like in 50,000 Years?

What Will the Constellations Look Like in 50,000 Years?

As our galaxy keeps expanding, the positions of the stars and planets change. The constellations we see tonight will look very different 50,000 years from now. More...

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Discovery

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