This weekâ€™s special wonder is all about star constellations. Do you know what a constellation is? Itâ€™s a group of stars in the sky. There are many constellations and Star Belle lights them up one at a time.
Star Belle loves to spot the different constellations in the sky. Theyâ€™re a bit like a dot-to-dot - when you join the stars together, the constellations make shapes! Here are her favourites:
Orion â€“Â people once thought that this constellation made the shape of a great hunter from Greek stories, called Orion. In the middle, three bright stars make the shape of Orionâ€™s Belt and, below that, stars make the shape of his sword!
The Little Dipper - it looks a bit like a small saucepan! Right at the top is a very bright star called Polaris or the North Star. Look for a big bright star in the sky and youâ€™ll probably find the Little Dipper constellation.
The Big Dipper - this is an even bigger saucepan! The stars in this constellation are very bright, so itâ€™s easy to find. The Big Dipper has lots of other names, like Ursa Major, the Great Bear and the Plough!
Why donâ€™t you make your own mini constellation? Younger children will need your help, but older children can do this with careful supervision. Hereâ€™s how:Make a Mini Constellation
Pin or needle
Towel or tea towel
- Place the black card on a towel and prick lots of holes in it, using a pin.
- Wriggle the pin in some of the holes to make them a bit wider. Be as random as you can or prick out a specific shape.
- When youâ€™ve finished, hold the black card up to the window or to a light. There you have it - your own amazing mini constellation!
We hope you have great fun doing this! Lots of love and magic dust from Star Belle and her friends in Bellevue xxx