As part of this year’s space-themed Summer Camp week, 6-8 Team students learned about constellations, particularly the 12 constellations in the zodiac family. The highlight of the week was a trip to the Drake Planetarium where students and staff enjoyed a multi-media experience in the planetarium’s dome room.
Just as people might look up into the sky and think about what clouds look like, people have looked up into the night sky and thought about what groups of stars represent, just like creating pictures when you “connect the dots.”
Groups of stars that form a picture are sometimes called constellations, and the most famous group of stars is the Big Dipper. Over thousands of years, people have also identified groups of stars into images that reflect the 12 signs of the zodiac. And to this day, zodiac constellations continue to be valuable tools to orient astronomers and stargazers in the night sky.
LGS students identified their personal zodiac sign based on their birth date, as well as the period when their zodiac constellation was most prominent and the story behind their sign. (See What are the 12 Constellations of the Zodiac?)