PROBLEM: How you derive information from a celestial globe?
MATERIALS: Inflatable Celestial Globe colored pencils
- Look at January and December (between the 4h and 9h) on your celestial globe (look at the Equator) and fill in the diagram below as you answer the questions on the next page. Use the Guide to the Celestial Globe to understand the symbols.
- Draw and label the celestial equator in BLUE. Draw and label in the +10, +20, +30, +40, 0, -10, -20, -30, and -40 in pencil. Draw and label 4h, 5h, 6h, 7h, 8h and 9h.
- The edge of the Milky Way Galaxy can be seen in the night sky as a belt across the skies. Color it in PURPLE. What is the Milky Way?
- Find the following constellations, circle the general area, and label them on your diagram in ORANGE. Orion, Canis Minor, Canis Major, Puppis, Monoceros, Taurus, and Gemini. Make sure you include the major stars.
- Find the Galactic Equator on the celestial globe and show it to your teacher.
- Find the following stars and label them on your diagram in RED: Betelgeuse, Pollux, Adhara, Rigel, Sirius, Procyon, and Castor.
- List 5 galaxies in this region.
CONCLUSION: What type of information can you derive from a celestial globe?