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Constellations

Constellations
Lloyd Harbor students in grade 5 were busy peering at the night sky and stars that inspired ancient cultures to create characters with names and stories. Students learned that these patterns of stars in the sky are called constellations and are recognized by people all over the world! Some represent mythical people like “Orion the Hunter” or “Hercules the Hero,” while others represent animals like Canis Major (the great dog) or objects like the Big and Little Dipper. Did you know that star maps were created and divided into hemispheres as well as seasons as it would be impossible to fit the entire sky of the world on one map? Stars also helped explorers when they were lost at sea or land to find their way, like Polaris and the North Star. Thank you to these students from Ms. Wetzel’s class for sharing their research on Leo the Lion, Pegasus the Winged Horse, Pisces the Fish and Taurus the Bull…to name a few!