An introduction to stars, explaining that some are clearly visible while others are less easy to see. The concept of constellations is explained and the examples of Leo, Orion and the Plough are shown. The role that stars have played in assisting travellers with navigation is also discussed.

First broadcast:
9 October 2000

When learning about some of the different star constellations, students could play connect-the-dots with the stars and discuss what object they think they look like. The name can then be revealed to see if anyone guessed correctly. It could be explained to students that many of the constellations were named by the ancient Greeks.

Alternatively, students could make their own planisphere which will show them what can be seen at any given time of the year. Templates for this can be found online, and students could piece it together and use it as part of a homework activity to identify a star constellation. They could be asked to record what they see in a drawing which could then be turned into a piece of artwork in class using black paper and chalk. These pieces of artwork could be labelled and displayed to show some of the different constellations.