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Now when my two boys and girls to listen I was your science lady brings you another. Let's find out. Hello boys and girls. Did you ever try to count the stars in this guy. There are two too many to count on ther no one has ever counted all of them. Mr astronomer if you were standing up at the blackboard I wonder if you'd like to sit down for just a minute or two until we need you. I don't want you to get tired standing up. All right that's fine. Now let's think a minute or two. In the winter time is a very good time to look at the stars. If the air is clear and there aren't any clouds in this guy the stars seem to be brighter than at any other time of the year. Did you know that the stars are shining all the time even in the
daytime. Didn't you know that. Well they are stars shine all the time even during the day but our sun is so bright and so much closer to us than the stars are that they're blotted out the sun hides them. We can't see them but they're they're there shining all the time. What would you think if I told you that the stars are just like our sun our sun is a star. Stars are suns that are very very far away from us. When you look at the stars some of them seem to make pictures in the sky. Have you ever noticed that. Have you ever seen Star pictures. Raise your hand if you've ever seen Star pictures in the sky.
Thank you. We haven't many people here just one little boy who has seen dark pictures in the sky. I hope somebody out there has seen Star pictures. Well we've two star pictures drawn on your chalkboard haven't we now Mr. astronomer will need you when you get up please and pick up the yardstick or the pointer or whatever you're going to use and stand at the side of the board so that everybody in your room can see what you're going to do. Are you up at the blackboard now with the point you're ready to begin that. Good. You know we know why we call you Mr. astronomer. That's a big word astronomer. Well I'll tell you an astronomer is a person who knows all about the stars. So today we have a mystery astronomer who knows a lot about the
stars. We hope he does. Maybe not all about them but he's going to help us anyway. Are you ready Mr. astronomer. Fine. I'm Mr. astronomer nodded his head out when I ask you to say something when you say it out loud. All right. Good. Will you show us a picture on the board that looks like a dipper. Put your pointer over there to the picture that looks a little bit like a dipper. That's a picture made by the stars in the sky. Have you ever seen that picture in the real sky. Right. If you haven't we don't look for it some time. Now look at the picture of the Dipper that's gone on your blackboard. There are seven stars up in the sky that look a little bit like the picture that you have drawn there on your blackboard
in winter just about this time of the year the Big Dipper is low in the sky low down in the sky where it seems to be very close to the earth. Well let's take a good look at the picture of the Big Dipper. So if tonight the sky is clear you will be able to find it in the sky. Ask at home if you may stay up. But remember only long enough to take a good look at the Big Dipper. It won't take long and you won't be very late but you will have to promise me that you will hop right into bed as soon as you've taken a look at the Big Dipper or else I will be the one who gets a scolding for keeping you up late. Will you promise to go to bed just as soon as you look for the Big Dipper. All right fine. I'm sure you're good Promise Keepers. The Big Dipper is in the northern part of the sky. So when you find a big dipper tonight
you'll know which direction is north seders. Use the big brute to find the North Star. We can use it too. But first let's look at the picture of the Big Dipper on the blackboard. Mr astronomer put your pointer put the end of your pointer on the star that is in the very end of the dippers handle way out there to your left. That's fine. Now let's count see see how many stars are in the dipper. One put your pointer back on number one Mister astronomer one way out of the end of the handle. Now let's count slowly with me one on the end and another one in the handle makes two and another one in the handle makes three. Now at the top of the cup of The Big Dipper another one makes four. Over at the other top corner of the Dipper makes
five and two in the bottom of the Dipper. Did you find him make six and seven seven stars in the dipper. Three in the handle and four in the cup of the Dipper. Can you see that that really looks like a dipper when you imagine all those little points you've drawn on the board. The little dots that you've connected with a chalk line. Doesn't it look like a dipper. Now of course there aren't any little spots in the sky between those big stars as you drawn on the board but you can imagine can't you. Lines drawn. Now there are more stars in the Big Dipper than those seven that are easy to see. We can't see the other ones very easily. Every night and the seven are the ones that are most important. Now we're going to try something you know. It's the North Star is on your blackboard to way up above the dipper.
Will you point to the north star Mr. astronomer. We're going to see if we can show you how the sailors from the North Star. First of all they'd look for the dipper and then they'd know exactly where the North Star was. Now Mr. Drama listen very carefully so you will know exactly what to do to show all the rest of us. Will you put your planner flat against the blackboard so that it touches the two stars in the outer side of the Dipper or the side away from the handle. All right. Miss Teacher If you need to help here will you help us a little bit help Mr. astronomer measures John or ask your teacher to help if you think you need her. I think she's a pretty good astronomer too. All right now when your ruler touches those two stars in the outside of the Dipper cup and Mr astronomer will you move a little bit to the side so everybody can see.
Good. Now what happens to the pointer when you follow the pointer up through the two stars. The pointer almost points to the north star doesn't it. It almost touches in our star here does it in your room. All right now can you see why sailors call those two stars in the dipper. The pointers and why they were able to find a north star using those to point your star. Wow. All right now tonight when you go out to look for the Big Dipper you can't put a ruler up against the stars can you. No you can't. So you're going to just have to use your eye for a ruler and follow along through those two outer stars of the big dippers cup and see if you can find a nice bright star. Wait a little ways out from the dipper. And that will be the North Star
a little bit farther away than the two stars in the Dipper are away from each other. Will you remember that. It's all by itself up there so you won't be able to miss it. It's fun don't you think to see sky pictures in the sky. I hope you look at them tonight or the next night or whenever it's clear there's another star picture in the sky one that is easy to see in the wintertime. You want to be able to find the stars that make the other pictures that is drawn on your blackboard. Look at it now. Look at that other picture. Mr astronomer here. Is it right in the way would you mind stepping away just a little bit so we can all see that other picture. All right fine. Now people who lived along the goal thought that that group of stars looked a little bit like a man like a great hunter that they told stories about the stars don't look very much like a hundred to us
today. Does that drawing look like a man to you. Not too much but people who named him thought he was a man. They said that he was Orion the great hunter Orion was his name. Mr. Stronach Are you ready to help us again pick up your point of then. At the very top of the drawing there are three little stars close together will you show them to us with the end of your pointer. Now those three little stars are right in the neck of Mr. Ryan in that great big hunter knowing that your pointer slipped down to the biggest star that is close by and that is a Ryan's right shoulder. That star has a very fancy name. We're not going to try to remember it but I thought you might like to hear it. It's rather funny. It sounds very much like Beetlejuice. Can you say that funny name Beetlejuice. Yes sir and it's a
very very bright star. Now a Ryan has another star at his left shoulder which isn't quite so bright as Beetlejuice and a mister is going to show that too you know. Can you imagine that those are Mr. O'Ryan shoulders the big Hunter's shoulders. All right now he has a belt a belt made of three bright stars one two three right across. Sort of a slanting belt. And you see them right and hanging down from his belt there are three more stars which are his dagger or a sword. It's a rather short piece so we might call it a dagger instead of a sword. All right the dagger is pointing to Mr. Orion's right knee which is another star. And there then there's a bright star across from that one for his left knee now. Looking at
all of those daughters see if you can remember how they look. And then tonight or tomorrow night or whenever you have a chance to look at the stars will you turn your back on the dipper and look at Mr. O'Ryan in this southern part of the sky He's almost overhead this time of year. Isn't it fun to know about stars. I think your teacher would be able to read you some stories about these two groups of stars. The great bay or the Big Dipper is called The Great Bear. And then there's a little dipper too and all Ryan the great hunter. Maybe you could find a book in the in the library yourself to read the stories about these dog groups. Would you look for them outdoors tonight. All right bye. Let's find out imagine nights in the studios of playing SNL at the St.
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Let's find out, grade 2
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This program seeks to educate children about stars.
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In-school series produced for release in Fall 1960.
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