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A Familiar Star Pattern

Picture of planet exhibit

People have always seen patterns in the stars. We assigned meanings to star groupings by naming them after familiar things: gods, people, animals, and objects.

The stars in patterns may not be near one another in space. They could be at different distances from Earth. The star patterns look the way they do only from our unique vantage point in space.

Does this look right?

Look at the model in front of you. It depicts a very familiar pattern of stars in the night sky. If you do not recognize what the grouping is, try observing it from another vantage point by walking around to another viewing station. The stars will all stay in the same place in the model as you walk around it, but the pattern will change.

Does this look right?

Look at the model in front of you. It depicts a very familiar pattern of stars in the night sky. If you do not recognize what the grouping is, try observing it from another vantage point by walking around to another viewing station. The stars will all stay in the same place in the model as you walk around it, but the pattern will change.

What do you see?

Look at the model in front of you through the ring. You should see a very familiar star pattern. Push the button to confirm your observation.