Telescope Treasure Hunt

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This hands-on astronomy activity lets learners hunt for different objects in the night sky that contribute to stellar and planetary formation, using a Treasure List. They will learn how stars and their planets form and will find objects in the telescope that illustrate this process. The pdf contains step-by-step instructions, photos, helpful hints, a ready-to-print "Treasure Hunt" list, and links to background information.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • 1 copy of the Treasure Hunt Handout for each participant
  • Activity requires access to a telescope (not included in activity cost).
  • Pen or pencil for each participant
  • (Optional) Stickers
  • (Optional) One or more prizes for the winners


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
      • Origins of Universe
      • Stars and Galaxies
    • Solar System
      • The Planets

Informal Categories

  • Outdoor Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • be mobile


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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