Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope." This program is available in Elementary School Creativity Labs.
What is Stellarium?
Stellarium is a free tool that can be downloaded from the internet and allow you to stargaze from your house or classroom. It has many features such as searching the sky for stars, constellations and even planets. It can even allow you to time travel to see what stars were in the sky on the day you were born or even to map out where the stars will be in the evening. These features and more will be explained below.
1. The feature to set the location to different cities around the world could be utilized by assigning students different cities. They would make observations, take screenshots, get together in groups and compare and contrast the view from different parts of our planet.
2. For cultural understanding and awareness, Stellarium contains information about the different constellations from the perspective of different cultures.
3. How does the sky above change over time and why does that happen?
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