If you ever looked up at the night sky, did you notice that the stars form a pattern? A beautiful pattern that resembles a mythological creature, animal, human, or simply an object. These patterns are called constellations. Their location in the sky helps us locate our directions. Starting from the Bible to NASA, all have mentioned the constellations. While there are several constellations in the sky, a few of the most important and famous northern hemisphere constellations are:
Ursa Major: The name of this constellation translates to “Great Bear”. It is located in the Northern sky. This constellation is made up of 22 bright stars. In Greek mythology, this constellation is the beautiful maiden Callisto.
Ursa Minor: Also called the “Little Bear” this is also a northern sky constellation. The brightest star of this constellation is the Polaris or the North Star. It is used by sailors to find directions when they’re at sea. According to Greek mythology, Ursa Minor is Callisto’s son, Arcas.
Aquarius: Its name means “water-bearer” in Latin. This constellation falls in the path of the Sun and is a part of the 12 Zodiac signs.
Pegasus: Another constellation of the northern sky, this is named after the winged horse, Pegasus, of Greek mythology. The brightest star in Pegasus is an orange Supergiant. It is 12 times as massive as our sun!
Perseus: This is one of the larger constellations among the northern constellations. It is famous for its annual meteor shower. Its shape is very interesting as it resembles the Greek hero Perseus raising a sword above his head.
Orion: This is one of the most distinctly visible constellations. It is one of the brightest and lies on the celestial equator. This constellation is also known as the “Hunter” because of its shape.
How to Use the Constellation Cube Printable:
- Download and print the template on thick cardstock paper.
- Cut out the box along the outer red lines.
- Poke the stars in each square with a pin or needle on top of a piece of cardboard or Styrofoam (use adult supervision at this step)
- Fold the template into a cube along the lines
- Place a flameless LED tealight inside the cube. Close the box.
- Enjoy gazing at the stars!
Download and make this DIY printable constellation cube, to learn and bask in the wonders of the night sky.
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