Planetarium Constellation Project

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Planetarium Constellation Project

Each group will have one constellation that they are responsible to become an expert on. By the end of our unit, each person will know when that constellation will be visible, where in the sky it is visible and what types of objects fall within it’s borders. You will use the planetarium as you share information about your constellation with the rest of the class.

Your constellation project will have the following components:


  1. Constellation information

    1. Name and location in the sky – this includes the season that it is visible as well as the direction in the sky.

    2. You must be able to point it out in the Planetarium.

    3. Myth – the Greek or Roman myth that occupies this constellation (also briefly discuss other cultures’ stories about this group of stars).

    4. Be able to describe the brightest stars (names and locations) and other interesting stars – by describe explain what type of star, its temperature, color, stage of star life cycle, etc.

    5. Explanation of at least two Messier objects or other deep sky objects. (You should be able to explain what the Messier object is. For example if you have a planetary nebula you should be able to explain what a planetary nebula is and any details about your particular one.)

Constellation information will be presented using the planetarium. Point out your constellation and major stars in the planetarium. You can also show images in the planetarium, either images that are already part of the planetarium software or additional images.

Planetarium skills you should be able to do

1. Turn on constellation – both constellation lines and constellation name

2. Turn on constellation artwork (related to myth)

3. Turn on any additional pictures – you may want to find out if the

planetarium has another culture’s pictures and story for the stars in your constellation

4. Show the boundary in sky for your constellation

5. Show at least two deep sky objects that are within the boundaries of your constellation.

You should be able to explain what these objects are. For example if you have a

planetary nebula you should be able to explain what a planetary nebula is. You might

have to get additional pictures to include in your program.

6. Each person in a group should participate in the presentation in the planetarium. Each person should type their own reflection (individual reflections, not a group reflection) that is turned in the class period after your presentation.


You must have a reflection for the entire project. A reflection is your thoughts on the project you have completed. It allows me to get a glimpse of your opinions and beliefs about the project you created and how you think it relates to the objectives.

When writing reflections . . .
Look at your work and write about the finished product AND how you went about completing the project. Your reflection should include answers to the following questions:

Think about …

  1. Did your project meet the stated objectives? How do you know?

  2. How did you go about completing this project? Did you learn anything new about yourself as a learner?

  3. What do you better understand about astronomy as a result of working on this project?

  4. What new questions do you have as a result of this project?

You might want to begin your reflections with one of the following phrases:

This is my favorite piece because … I’ll remember this piece 20 years from now because …

If I could do this piece over again, I would … This piece will surprise many people because …

This piece surprised me because … My parent(s) liked this piece because …

This piece was my greatest challenge because … This piece related to my life because …

I choose this item because … If my parents/friends saw this they would think …

This piece helped my to comprehend … This piece was not my best work because …

The strength of this item is …

You should have one (1) typed reflection to hand in the class after your presentation.


Fall Constellations

Winter Constellations

Spring Constellations

Summer Constellations

Aquarius 5

Vela 9

Cancer 3

Scorpius 4

Pisces 9

Gemini 2

Leo 5

Sagittarius 15

Canis Major 5

Orion 12

Virgo 11

Ophiuchus 7

Pegasus 5

Perseus 2

Cetus 7

Monoceros 8

Lyra 2

Cassiopeia 13

Hydra 9

Hercules 2

Cygnus 4

Auriga 3

Usra Major 7

Draco 6

Taurus 3

Sculptor 6

Coma Berenices 8

Vulpecula 5

Andromeda 3

Serpens Cauda 3

Canes Venatici 5

Eridanus 4

Due Date

June 4, 6 & 10, 2013

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