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  • 1. SPACE Constellations Part I
  • 2. Constellations
    • There are many different constellations in the night sky.
  • 3.
    • A constellation is a group of stars that forms a shape or a picture.
    • E.g. The Big Dipper
    • Also known as Ursa Major (the Big Bear in Latin)
  • 4. Looking at the stars, you could make any picture you want by connecting the dots.
    • The Eraser
  • 5. But the one that everyone ended up agreeing on (for this set of stars) is: Polaris – the North Star The Big Dipper Ursa Major The Little Dipper Ursa Minor “ The Pointers” – point to…
  • 6.  
  • 7. Can you find the big and little dipper?
  • 8.
    • Different cultures around the world looked at the stars and imagined they saw shapes and figures and made up stories to go along with them.
  • 9.
    • The Greeks made up many of the constellations we use today
    • For example, Orion.
    • What do you think this looks like?
  • 10.
    • The Greek story of this constellation has Orion (The Hunter),
    • battling a Bull (Taurus)
    • in order to rescue Seven Sisters (Pleiades – a tight cluster of 7stars)
  • 11. Can you see them? The Bull’s Horns - Taurus O
  • 12.
    • Other cultures saw different shapes and patterns using the same stars.
    • For example the Aborigines in Australia looked at the same group of stars that the Greeks called Orion and saw this instead.
  • 13.
    • In the Australian legend, Orion is seen as a canoe bearing three brothers who were banished to the sky for illegally eating a forbidden fish.
  • 14.
    • Other Aboriginal Constellations include the Kangaroo…
    • … and the Emu
  • 15.
    • The Micmac and the Maliseet also had their own constellations.
    • They even used the same big dipper constellation that we use today.
    • Even more remarkable, they also called it “The Great Bear”. In their language it was known as “Mooin”.
  • 16. Assignment
    • Make your own constellation!