Stars Activities

Explore the stars with these hands-on activities!

Constellations in the night sky with their names labeled.

There are billions of stars in our universe. For thousands of years, people have looked up at the night sky, marveled at what they saw, and told stories about the patterns they see.  Discover more about constellations, learn how to identify stars in the sky, and make a tool to calculate the angle of stars above the horizon.


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  • Constellations of Alaska:  Learn the constellations you can see in the night sky of Alaska with this booklet. In your printer settings, choose the Booklet option, and print on both sides.
  • Make an Astrolabe:  An astrolabe is a tool to calculate the height of objects or the angle of stars above the horizon. Make a simple astrolabe and practice using angles to measure height
  • Alaska Flag Ornament: Explore how stars connect to history and culture by making an Alaska flag ornament.

Starry night sky over a winter landscape.A winter night sky view at Wonder Lake, Denali National Park.
Photo by Jacob Frank, National Park Service.


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This project was funded under NASA cooperative agreement NNX16AL65A and cooperative agreement number NNH15ZDA004C. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and  do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.