Investigating the Night Sky


Investigating the Night Sky — What do you notice about the night sky at different times of the year?

Read Aloud: The Reason For Seasons by Gail Gibbons


  • Computer with internet access
  • Flashlight
  • Paper (cardstock or a thicker paper will work better)
  • Pencil
  • Dark room
  • An adult to help

What to do:

  • Look at the four pictures of the sky below showing the sky at 6:00 PM.
    • What do you notice about the amount of light?
    • What do you notice about the constellations?  (One constellation has been outlined in yellow.)
    • What do you think the sky will look like on May 20, 2020 at 6:00 PM?  What will happen to the constellation that has been outlined in yellow?  Why? 

January 20, 2020 at 6:00 PM

February 20, 2020 at 6:00 PM
March 20, 2020 at 6:00 PM
April 20, 2020 at 6:00 PM
  • Next, visit the website Stellarium (allow it to access your location to see what your night sky would look like where you live).
  • Then click on the toolbar at the bottom:
  • Choose a constellation that you would like to know more about!  You can read stories about the constellations here
    • Adults should preview stories ahead of time!
  • Once you have picked your favorite, you can draw it on your paper to create a constellation card.  (See this website for complete directions and printable cards.)
  • Poke holes through the card where the stars are located and shine a flashlight through it in a dark room.
  • Now you can see your own constellations indoors even if it is cloudy
  • Post your constellation drawings on Facebook and tag us @VINS.VT!

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