What do you see when you look up at the night sky? Stars, right? Yes but next time, look closer. You might see pictures within the stars. These pictures are called constellations. 5,000 years ago some cultures made stories about stars. We’re going to tell you about five of these constellations.
The Circumpolar Constellations and How to locate them The circumpolar constellations are found in the Northern sky and stay there year round. These constellations seem to circle around Polaris (po LAR US) also known as the North Star which never moves. The North Star
Ursa Major and the Big Dipper Did you know that the Big Dipper isn’t a real constellation? Well, here’s the scoop. The Big Dipper is actually part of another constellation called Ursa Major. Ursa Major is a big bear. You will learn about Ursa Minor next.
Ursa Minor and the Little Dipper The Little Dipper and Ursa Minor are just like the Big Dipper and Ursa Major except they are smaller. The North Star is located in the handle of The Little Dipper. The Little Dipper’s handle is bent opposite to the Big Dipper’s handle.
Cepheus Cepheus was an ancient king and played an important roll in Greek mythology. He looks like a house. He is the husband of Cassiopeia. You’ll learn about her next.
Cassiopeia Cassiopeia is bright and easy to find. She is the Queen of the sky, and the wife of Cepheus. She and Cepheus both are victims of Draco the Dragon. Enter the next slide to learn more.
Draco the Dragon Draco the Dragon is the predator of the king and queen. He is made up of faint stars as if trying to hide in the sky. If you are trying to find Draco you might want to start from the easiest spot, the tail. He has been trying to gobble up the king and queen for years in the sky.
I hope you enjoyed the show and look for these constellations and others in a tour of outer space!