Constellation Detective

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In this quick activity, learners practice locating a constellation in a map of very dark skies. The activity is designed to introduce the Orion, Big Dipper, and Sagittarius constellation patterns, provide a chance to look for those patterns among other stars, and reinforce the idea that more stars are visible away from city lights and clouds. A printed version in Spanish can be purchased, but is not available online.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
Under 5 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • 3 Constellation Detective Masters (from PDF)
  • 3 Constellation Detective Answer Key (from PDF)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
      • Stars and Galaxies

Informal Categories

  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Howson, Erica


  • All rights reserved, Project ASTRO, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 2001