Sunday, November 13, 2016

Constellations have apparent motion too!

Students are trying to develop a claim, provide evidence, and explain their reasoning as to why the constellations appear to change in the night sky.

Students observed four different constellations and their location over six months.

They recorded their findings in a data table to look for patterns over time. 

Students were able to determine that the constellations appear to move in an East to West pattern though it is really the rotation of the Earth which causes the constellations to appear as if they are changing through the seasons.

Students recognize the east to west pattern is similar to what we have observed with the apparent movement of the moon and the sun.  When we have observed our shadows, we have observed the same pattern!