Starry, Starry Afternoon?


As a culmination of their study of astronomy, 3rd and 4th graders were treated to a visit to Towson University’s Mobile Planetarium this week. Inside the inflatable dome, the students used the Big Dipper to locate the North Star, Polaris, and witnessed, in “quick time,” how the stars appear to revolve around Polaris throughout the calendar year. The students identified several constellations studied this winter including Ursa Major, Canis Major and Orion, and learned how to differentiate a star from a planet in the nighttime sky. You don’t know how? Just ask one of our 3rd or 4th grade astronomers!