Star Finding Chart
Hosted by: UT Austin Association of Women in Astronomy Research and Education
Visit our Booth: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Recommended Grades: 5th, 6th, 7th
The Challenge: Create your own Star Finder chart and see how many constellations you can identify in the sky tonight. Please see the video on the Activity Video below for a complete demonstration of how to build and use the star finding chart.
How does this activity connect to STEM and today's Girl Day theme of Imagining Beyond: Sky and Space? As astronomers, it is our job to collect images of objects in the night sky -- like planets, stars, and even other galaxies -- using many different telescopes. In order to keep track of the billions of night sky objects, we have to make sure that our telescopes are pointing at exactly the right spot in the sky. To do this, we use maps of the sky called star finding charts, which have been used since the earliest Egyptian astronomers in the 1500s BC. Which objects are up in the sky throughout the night changes with the seasons and where you are on Earth, so it is fascinating to figure out which constellations will be visible each night! Learning how to translate what you see on a paper star finding chart to what is actually up in the sky is an important skill for any budding astronomer to learn.
Join UT Austin Association of Women in Astronomy Research & Education (AWARE) as they walk through the #UTGirlDay 2021 Star Finding Chart. Watch the video below and learn about astronomy and create your star finding chart.
The Association of Women in Astronomy Research and Education (AWARE)
The Association of Women in Astronomy Research and Education (AWARE) is an organization within the Department of Astronomy at The University of Texas at Austin. Our goal is to increase support and participation of all under-represented groups at all career levels in astronomy, particularly focusing on women. We particularly aim to increase mentorship and opportunities for collaboration for people who have historically faced barriers and discrimination when entering academic astronomy spaces. Founded in 2014, AWARE has offered career advice, implicit gender bias training, and community outreach activities, our favorite of which is of course Girl Day!
For more information: https://astronomy.utexas.edu/about/department-resources/aware
MORE FUN ACTIVITIES!
Online Interactive Planetarium: https://stellarium-web.org/
Make a moon phases calendar: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/learn/project/make-a-moon-phases-calendar-and-calculator/
NASA astronomy picture of the day: https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
Explore the sky: https://www.google.com/sky/
Large List of Astronomy Related Activities: https://mcdonaldobservatory.org/teachers/classroom