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Analyzing Star Trails
In this activity, students examine a photograph of the night sky and answer questions about their observations. The picture, taken by a high school student in upstate New York, offers insight into the Earth's rotation, apparent star motion, the location of Polaris (the North Star), circumpolar constellations, and pointer stars.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
Lesson requires Microsoft Word
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2004, S. Kluge
DLESE Catalog ID: NYIC-000-000-000-010
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Steve Kluge
No institutional affiliation