Night Sky Activities for Kids and Families

Use a sky chart to find objects in the night sky.

A “sky chart” is a useful tool to identify stars and constellations in the night sky where you live.
Sky charts are used by even the most experienced astronomers. This activity walks you through the steps to download and read a sky chart. 

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Easy

Make a Planisphere to Tour the Night Sky

A star wheel (sometimes called a “Planisphere”) is a handy tool to help you identify the stars
and constellations available in your night sky during the time you plan to stargaze. The circular
star wheel can be adjusted to see the rise and fall of the night sky as our Earth spins and even
the change in the night sky due to seasonal changes.
In this activity, make your own star wheel for FREE. Use your star wheel to tour the night sky.

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Medium

Make a Star Clock 

Our daytime concept of time is based on the motion and position of the Sun. But did you realize that you can use the stars to tell time at night? It’s easy using the Star Clock described here.

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Easy

Night Sky Bingo

See if you can locate five night sky objects in a row, or find every object on the bingo card! 

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Challenging

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