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THE NIGHT SKY
Were cowboys sick most of the time?
your astronomy books and look at photos, drawings,
Using the constellation you chose, punch pin holes in the lid of a large oatmeal carton, a shoe box, or a saltbox, in the pattern of the desired constellation. Slightly larger holes can be made to represent brighter stars. A lid can also be made to depict the whole night sky. That would have to be a very large lid.
container is placed over a light bulb or a flash-
Then other students can try to identify the constellations.
mom wants to spring for a gigantic pizza pan,
constellations, such as Ursa Major and Ursa Minor
What is a dipper? A dipper is the ladle that cowboys used to drink water from a well. Cowboys must have had lotsa germs.
So, what are we going to see? Bears or ladles? "Ursa" is a Latin word meaning "bear." So we have "big bear" and "little bear." Bears do not look like ladles. Well, now I see, in the Concise Columbia Encyclopedia, that the Big Dipper is a part of the Big Bear. What part of a bear would resemble a ladle? We can wonder or we can look further and try to make that determination in a semi-scientific manner.
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