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Space Lights, Stars, and Constellations

Mar 05, 2014 by to Lighting News

When you look up at the sky, you can see lots of stars. There are actually billions of stars out in the universe, but some are closer to earth or larger than others, so they shine much brighter. People have grouped together some stars into things called constellations. Constellations often outline a shape like a connect-the-dots picture, and they're usually named after some kind of mythological creature. Orion and the Little Dipper and Big Dipper are just some examples of the names of these constellations. There are a total of 88 constellations that have been named, and some of these have different named constellations inside of them. Forty-four constellations are in the Northern Hemisphere, and there are also forty-four in the Southern Hemisphere. On a clear night or with the help of a telescope, you can look to the night sky and see these beautiful constellations for yourself.

Constellation Hunt

This fun game helps students to learn all about the different constellations and how to spot them.

The Constellations

This page has a helpful chart that shows you where the constellations are located, their names, and what they look like.

Table of Constellations

You can find a comprehensive list of the constellations with links to their descriptions on this website.

Big and Little Dippers: Everything You Need to Know

This site has some good facts about the Big and Little dippers as well as some great photos and illustrations.

Orion, the Hunter

Learn more about Orion, one of the most famous constellations, by visiting this page.

Ursa Major, the Great Bear

Discover more about theconstellation known as Ursa Major, which contains the Big Dipper.

Well-Known Constellations

This website has some good diagrams and explanations about the most popular and well-known of the constellations.

Ask an Astronomer: What Are Constellations Used For?

Read what an astronomer says about the constellations, their purpose, and how scientists use them to learn more about our vast universe.

Tonight's Sky

This website has a video you can watch to discover what constellations you can see in the night sky. This video changes each month so you will know what to look out for.

Learning Constellations

Here, you will find three easy steps that can help you and your friends learn more about the many beautiful constellations.

Make a Star Finder

NASA has a helpful tool that can make it fun to find the constellations. Simply print out the star finder for the current month, follow the instructions, and use it as a guide to help you find the constellations.

Morning and Evening Sky Chart

This online sky chart is updated daily to help you more easily find the different constellations in both the day and night skies.

The Deep Photographic Guide to the Constellations

You can see pictures of all of the different constellations here: Simply click on the constellation's name to see more.

Pegasus: Mythology and History

Learn more about the myth and the history behind this beautiful constellation as well as in-depth information about the stars within it.

Constellation Mythology: Cancer the Crab

Discover the story behind this mythical crab, how it came about, and what its constellation looks like.

Pictures in the Sky: Constellations

On this website, you can click on the constellations by month or by name, and you will be directed to much more detail about them as well as diagrams for each so that you can better identify them in the night sky.

Constellation History

The constellations are nothing new; in fact, they have been around for thousands of years. This website discusses the history of the constellations that we know and love today and explores when they were named and who first traced them out.

How Can I Find Leo?

This website explains how you can locate the very famous constellation known as Leo the Lion.

Stars Game

Geared towards elementary-school students, this fun, interactive game allows you to use a wand to put together and draw the constellations.

Cool Sky Observation Tips

Here are some helpful tips that will make looking for the constellations both fun and easy. Try some of these tips yourself, and see if you can spot a constellation!