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Constellations: Science and Stories in the Sky

Summer is the finest part of the year for stargazing because it offers warm nights and the beauty of the Milky Way running straight overhead. The constellations we see have been passed down to us across generations with patterns that reflect different stories from around the world.

As part of STAR Net‘s Sky Stories campaign, the American Museum of Natural History’s own Carter Emmart demonstrated how to identify the constellations and introduce you to a few of these stories while exploring some of the science behind the familiar patterns in the sky.

This live OpenSpace webcast was brought to you by the STAR Library Network’s NASA@ My Library program in partnership with the Lunar and Planetary Institute, the American Library Association, and the American Museum of Natural History.

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The Presenter

Ask An Astronomer

During the live webcast, library patrons were able to interact with an American Museum of Natural History scientist by asking questions (using the chat feature) that relate to constellations.

The Participating Scientist:
– Dr. Jackie Faherty: Senior Scientist and Senior Education Manager, AMNH

Learn More About Jackie

Webinar Opportunities*

Virtual Night Sky Programs for “Imagine Your Story”
Presentation Slides | Link Bank | Chat

Watch Recorded Webinar

Bringing the Stories of the Skies to Your Library
Presentation Slides | Link Bank | Chat

Watch Recorded Webinar

* Library staff only – not to be shared with patrons.

Webinar Opportunities

Sky Tellers: Myths, Magic & Mysteries

Learn about the ten Native American myths and legends that investigate the reason for day and Night, why we have seasons, the origin of the stars and other wondrous phenomena of our night sky. Each narrative is accompanied by the story that scientists tell today.

Note: Libraries can use the videos in their live or recorded programs, but they can’t place the videos (or their recorded program using the videos) on a public website.

Explore the Mysteries!

STEAM Ahead @ Home Resources

Below we have assembled a collection of STEAM Ahead @ Home resources.

Take & Make Activities

Make a Cloud Mobile
Make a Star Finder
Space Stories Pop Up Book
Build a Planet
Make a Pinwheel Galaxy

Digital Apps/Games

Silly Scripts
Space Stage
GLOBE Clouds
Star Maze

Book List

A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars
Exploring Constellations
The Great Canoes in the Sky
Looking Up: Science of Stargazing
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