Constellation Tubes

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In this activity, learners will create their very own constellation. Constellation tubes allow learners to see what their unique constellation would look like if there were looking through a telescope. While learners are creating your constellation, they can also explore more about constellations and the stories on how they became constellations. Activity includes extensions and a how-to video.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • paper towel or toilet paper tube
  • aluminum foil or black construction paper
  • one pushpin or toothpick
  • one rubber band or tape


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Model Building
  • Nature and Environment
  • Science Festivals Activity


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  • Free access


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  • Life and Science at Home


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