Blog | World Space Week day 4: Look to the stars
Get involved in World Space Week by exploring the night sky with your young people, using these great astronomy resources for young people.
Ever looked up and marvelled at all the stars in the night sky? Get started on a journey through the cosmos with these stargazing resources, developed for young people by the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre.
The Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre is part of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester, which also houses an observatory that hosts a number of radio telescopes. Jodrell Bank has played an important role in the research of meteors, quasars, pulsars, masers and gravitational lenses, and was heavily involved with the tracking of space probes at the start of the Space Age.
The main telescope at the observatory is the Lovell Telescope, which is the third largest steerable radio telescope in the world. There are three other active telescopes located at the observatory; the Mark II, as well as 42ft (13m) and 7m diameter radio telescopes.
Looking at the moon [PDF]
Take a look at a moon map and then identify the major features of the lunar landscape with this worksheet.
Spring sky [PDF]
In spring you might see Leo the lion, Virgo the maiden, Cancer the crab or Crater the cup in the sky at night. Can you identify them from the descriptions?
Summer sky [PDF]
In summer you might spot Cygnus the swan, Aquila the eagle, the summer triangle, Boötes the Herdsman, Sagittarius or Hercules. Can you identify them from the descriptions?
Autumn sky [PDF]
In Autumn you might see Cassiopeia, Pegasus the flying horse, Cepheus or Cetus the sea monster. Can you identify them from the descriptions?
Winter sky [PDF]
In Winter the constellations Orion the hunter, the great dog, Gemini the twins and Taurus the bull all become visible. Can you identify them from the descriptions?
Plough finder [PDF]
The Plough is a famous pattern of stars that is always a feature of UK skies. It can be used to identify Polaris, the Pole Star, which is an important part of natural navigation, as it points to north. Make this simple tool to help you find the Plough.
Phases of the moon [PDF]
Make your own moon phase box to see why the moon looks as it does at different times of the monthly lunar cycle.
Moon diary [PDF]
This moon diary will help you to record the complete lunar cycle as you see the moon wax and wane.
If you’re keen to learn more, why not visit the centre at Jodrell Bank? Scouts can benefit from special workshops at Jodrell Bank. Discounted packages are available for Cubs and Scouts.
Find out more
World Space Week runs from 4 to 10 October. Visit worldspaceweek.org
Astronomy is just one of an amazing array of activities open to Scouts. Find out more about what we do.