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A star is a massive ball of plasma (very hot gas) held together by gravity. It radiates energy because of the nuclear reactions inside it. A constellation is a group of stars, usually in a recognizable shape or pattern. Together, the stars look like a picture.
- The star that is closest to the Earth is the sun.
- A Star is a gigantic, glowing ball of plasma.
- Stars are first formed as clouds of dust and gas.
- Stars give off a tremendous amount of energy in the form of light and heat.
- Most stars are between 1 billion and 10 billion years old.
- Stars that have really strong gravity grow smaller over time and eventually turn into black holes.
- The hottest stars give off a bluish light while the cooler stars give off a reddish light.
- Stars seem to twinkle because their light travels through the earth’s atmosphere and the turbulence in the atmosphere affects the way stars are seen.
- All the stars that make up the Milky Way Galaxy revolve around the center of the galaxy once every 200 million years or so.
- The oldest star that has been discovered is HE 1523-0901, which is an estimated 13.2 billion years old.
- A constellation is a group of stars that form imaginary outlines.
- Constellations can also represent patterns that depict animals or gods, and sometimes mythological people and creatures.
- There are 88 modern constellations.
- Constellations have changed immensely since their inception.
- Constellations vary in size and shape and some are more popular than others.
- Twelve constellations correlate to the twelve astrological signs:
Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Capricorn.
- Constellations are given a point in the celestial coordinate system.
- The word “constellation” comes from a Latin word meaning “set of stars”.
- Although constellations seem close together from far away, many of them are actually very far away from each other and their observer.
- Since stars travel through their own orbits in space, the outlines of constellations can change, too.
- The earliest pieces of evidence for constellations dates back to 3000 BC where inscribed stones and clay tablets were dug up in Mesopotamia (near modern-day Iraq).
- The Babylonians were the first civilization to recognize patterns in the sky and use them in predictions. They even created star catalogues.
- The Greeks adopted the Babylonian system in the 4th century BC.
- Ancient China was a long tradition of observing the sky and studying the systems of constellations.
- Constellations can be divided into two regions – the northern and southern sky; these both have different origins, though.
- Northern hemisphere constellations are deep-rooted in Ancient Greece.
- Southern Hemisphere constellations are more modern inventions and have become substitutes for some ancient constellations.
Star and Constellation Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use star and constellation worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the science of stars, what they are made of, how they form constellations, and more.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Stars & Constellation Facts
- Opinion Paragraph
- True or False?
- Design a Constellation
- Name the Constellation
- Constellations Wordsearch
- Stars in Arabic
- Stars Crossword
- The Zodiac
- Constellation Quiz
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