Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Constellation Information

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today, we'll begin with a couple of experiences led by your teacher.

Your Place In Space
Constellation Video Segment

Tomorrow, you'll be asked to research a specific constellation and write a short informational paragraph. The paragraph will be used as an informative speech, which will be recorded and posted on a website for global audience feedback.

Make sure that you are focused and paying attention today, because the information you learn will help you tomorrow!

~ Mr. Moore and Mr. Ulrich


  1. Dear Mr. Moore
    The Gemini’s are actually half brothers. But they share the same mother but have a different father. Castor’s father was a king of Sparta, Tyndareus - who would be chased from his throne but later rescued Heracles which then Heracles wound up killing Tyndareus. The father of Pollux was none other then Zeus, or Jupiter. Zeus visited leda on her wedding night in the guise of swan. Thus the twins would be born. It should have been said, however, that Pollux had a sister as well as Leda and Zeus: The beautiful Helen, who would become queen of Sparta, and whose abduction by Paris would lead to the Trojan War.Castor was a great horseman and fighter. One of his pupils was Heracles. Like Heracles, both Castor and Pollux would become Argonauts, that is, join Jason in his quest for the golden fleece.The twins spent their time raiding cattle and abducting young women, as Greek gods were wont to do. During one such cattle raid a cousin Idas became enraged at Castor and killed him. Zeus threw a thunderbolt at Idas, killing him instantly.Since Pollux was the son of Zeus, he was immortal. But Pollux mourned over his brother's loss to such a point that he wanted to follow Castor into Hades. Zeus was so stricken by Pollux's love for his brother, he allowed them both to share Hades and Olympus, (on alternate days). Later Greek writers had Zeus place the two in the heavens side by side.

    Your student,

  2. Dear Mr. Moore,
    The Ursa Major is a large sprawling star, actually the third largest in fact! It is mainly the known as the home of the Big Dipper. The name “The great bear” is usually seems to be assigned to this constellation due to it’s northern latitudes. The Ursa Major important constellation of the northern hemisphere, third in order of extension, after Hydra and Virgo. One other important double star is xi Ursae Maioris in the southern zone of the constellation, which is near a couple of yellow stars that rotate around in a 60 year period. The constellation is also called or known as “Plough, or Big Dipper.” The Ursa Major is home to 7 stars of the Big Dipper. The Ursa Major certainly is the best known arterism in all the heavens.
    Your student,

  3. Dear Mr. Moore and Ms. Vander Velde,

    I just saw this post, and I thought it was so cool how the 5th grade is learning about this! I wish I could have learned about this in 5th grade!

    Your student from last year,


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