Southern Hemisphere Constellations Lesson for Kids


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How many constellations are in the Southern Hemisphere?

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1. The ancient Greeks named most of the constellations over 2,000 years ago, but they didn't name the constellations in the Southern Hemisphere. Why not?

2. The Lacaille Group is a group of 13 constellations named by the astronomer Louis Lacaille. All but one of the constellations are named after _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Find out how much you know about the groups of stars forming pictures or patterns that are seen from the southern half of the earth with this quiz/worksheet. Questions will cover key study topics like the number of these groups of stars, or constellations, and the reason the Greeks didn't name any of these stars.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The following will be addressed on the worksheet/quiz:

  • The Lacaille Group and on what these star names were based
  • Group of stars used in the Southern Hemisphere by sailors
  • Another name for the Flying Fish constellation

Skills Practiced

  • Reading awareness - make sure you know the most important information from the lesson on the constellations in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Remembering details - remember what you've learned about the southern constellation that's called the Flying Fish
  • Learning practice - use what you know to answer questions about why the Greeks didn't name any of the stars in the Southern Hemisphere and the number of constellations in the southern skies

Additional Learning

For more on the stars in the south of the planet, you can review the lesson we've named Southern Hemisphere Constellations Lesson for Kids. Here are some study points to guide you along:

  • The Crux constellation
  • Hydrus, or the Sea Serpent
  • Volans and the Meathook Galaxy