Constellations

Constellation Detectives

 

Many people are surprised to learn that constellations are not made up of stars that all lie at the same distance from Earth. The same constellations we see from Earth would look completely different from another angle.

This demo is mostly used during Exploring Your Universe and other exhibition-style events. We set up a small square board (parallel to the floor) and use wooden dowels topped with styrofoam balls to represent stars.