Common Constellations 

Today in Geography, Múinteoir Clíona told us about constellations. A constellation is a group of visible stars that form a pattern when viewed from Earth.

The pattern they form may take the shape of an animal, a mythological creature, a man, a woman, or an inanimate object such as a microscope, a compass, or a crown. 

Some constellations are easier to see in Irish skies at night.  Here are the most common ones you might be able to spot, and the pattern they form:

Create A Constellation

If you could create your own constellation, what would it look like?  What sort of shape would it be?  What is the story behind it?  Draw your own one and write a bit about why it looks the way it does.  Send it into us if you can – we'd love to see it!

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Star Man: David Bowie

  • David Bowie was born David Robert Jones in London on 8th January 1947 (the same birthday as Elvis!).
  • If you see Bowie in a photo or music video, you might notice that one of his eyes looks different to the other and this is because he was punched in the eye when he was a schoolboy.
  • He started playing the saxophone when he was 12 years old.
  • His first hit in the UK (1969's Space Oddity) was used by the BBC in its coverage of the moon landing.
  • Bowie is believed to have sold around 140 million albums over his career!
  • In 2007, Bowie voiced the character of Lord Royal Highness in SpongeBob Squarepants.
  • Bowie drew, painted, sculpted and wrote in his spare time.

Here's one of his most famous songs, and it’s a good one to listen to whilst stargazing for different constellations:

Songwriter:  David Bowie
Producers:  David Bowie & Ken Scott

Quick Quiz

  1. What was David Bowie's name before he changed it?
  2. How did his left eye get damaged?
  3. Roughly how many records has he sold during his lifetime?
  4. What other talents did he have?
  5. What character did he voice in Spongebob Squarepants?

Build-A-Bowie

David Bowie was known for his very creative costumes.  Why not design your own Starman using this template?  Get as creative as you can!

Mayo Dark Sky Park

Did you know that County Mayo is home to Ireland's first International Dark Sky Park, showcasing some of the darkest, most impressive skies in the world?

There’s so much you can discover by looking up at the night skies over Ireland. On a clear night, you can see over 4,500 twinkling stars, along with other planets in our solar system, The Milky Way and even meteor showers all with the naked eye!

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Answers - Bowie Quiz

1. David Robert Jones   2. He was punched in the eye when he was a schoolboy.  3. 140 million   4. Drawing, painting, sculpting and writing.   5. Lord Royal Highness