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Motions of Stars and Constellations (Grade 5)

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Motions of Stars and Constellations

Different groups of constellations are visible during each of the seasons of the year.
  1. True
  2. False
All of the constellations that you can see in the fall can also be seen in the spring.
  1. True
  2. False
The constellations will appear to move if you watch them over the course of a night.
  1. True
  2. False
The motion of the stars is                 motion.
  1. mixed
  2. apparent
  3. real
  4. linear
The table shows examples of constellations that are best seen from the Northern Hemisphere by season.


Which statement explains why different constellations are visible as the seasons change?
  1. Earth spins on its axis.
  2. Earth is tilted on its axis.
  3. Earth has a magnetic field.
  4. Earth revolves around the Sun.
Like the Sun, many constellations appear to rise in the                  sky and set in the                  sky. This is because Earth rotates on its axis.
  1. eastern, eastern
  2. eastern, western
  3. western, western
  4. western, eastern
Constellations that appear to circle the poles are called                 constellations.
  1. circumpolar
  2. seasonal
  3. planet
  4. star
Arden observes a star in the night sky. She looks at the star every hour for five hours and notices that it has moved. Which reason best explains Arden's observation?
  1. Earth is rotating on its axis.
  2. The star is rotating on its axis.
  3. Earth is revolving around the Sun.
  4. The star is revolving around Earth.
The Earth and our solar system are moving around the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. Distant stars that make up constellations are also moving through space. Since the stars are so far away from Earth, we do not notice changes in star positions from night to night.

Which conclusion about constellations can be drawn from this passage?
  1. Constellation star patterns never change.
  2. Constellation star patterns change very slowly.
  3. Constellation star patterns changed in the past, but are no longer changing.
  4. Constellation star patterns did not change in the past, but will change in the future.
Why has Polaris (the North Star) been very important to people throughout the ages?

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