Star Search


To help them map the night sky, ancient astronomers grouped stars into constellations. The constellations were named after what they thought the star patterns looked like. In this Mind Game, you'll scan the skies for those patterns without leaving your computer!

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On the screen, you'll see a window to the night sky. To zoom around the sky, use the scroll bars on the window.

Underneath you'll see outlines of major constellations. When you think you spot that constellation in the night sky, click and drag the outline onto the star window.

If you're right, it will snap into place. If you're wrong, you'll get the chance to try again!

See how many constellations you can find!


Did you think the constellations looked like what they're named after? Did you see other patterns in the stars that would make good constellations? What would you name them?

If you've got your Case Journals, answer the questions in it now!