The sky is a masterpiece. Every day it graces us with living art, whether through a glorious sunset, shifting cloud formations, or the stunning display of night stars. No wonder we take every opportunity to spend time outdoors. Girl Scout Seniors can earn their Sky badge at home with the help of GSCO’s Outreach Program.
Step Two: Investigate the Science of the Skies
A constellation is a group of visible stars that form a pattern when viewed from Earth. Most constellations take the shape of an animal, mythical creature, person, or object. Let’s go outside and see what constellations we see!
If you have access to a smartphone, download the free app SkyView Lite. It will show you the constellations in the night sky. If you don’t have access to a smartphone, you’re going to need a pen and paper.
On a clear night sky, grab a pen and paper, and if you’re using SkyView Lite app, pull that out. What constellations do you see? If you can, draw them.
Go outside on a second night. What do you see now? Do you see anything that you couldn’t see on the previous night? Once again, draw what you see.
Make sure you watch out for shooting stars, which are actually meteors burning in the Earth’s atmosphere.
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