As a revision activity, students will be asked to use the knowledge and techniques they've developed to apply to their own burgeoning star-gazing practice.
Step by Step guide
Students should use the tools they gained in class to find the South Celestial Pole (SCP) on their own at night. Aboriginal people travelled great distances across Australia for trade and ceremony. They would have noticed that the altitudes of constellations shifted as they moved to/from North/South.
Related activities within this resources:
What is Stellarium?
Discover Stellarium, a digital planetarium that offers a vivid depiction of the night sky worldwide, showcasing the celestial dance of the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars in real-time.
Activity 1 - Measuring angles with your hands and fingers
Students will learn how to measure angular distances in degrees using their hands and fingers as makeshift protractors.
Clips of Moana, or a copy of the film
Activity 2 - Finding the South Celestial Pole using the Southern Cross
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People used a variety of techniques to find cardinal points. In this activity, students will learn how to find the South Celestial Pole using the Southern Cross, as Aboriginal people did in the past. It will require teachers to familiarise themselves with the Stellarium astronomy software program beforehand.
Activity 4 - Using the Sun to Find Cardinal Directions
In this activity, students can use a stick and the sun to find cardinal directions
30 mins to 1 hour
A stick / stake