Families will discover wonders of the night sky hidden within winter and summer constellations at the 2016 ScienceAlive. Find non-stop hands-on science action at the St. Joseph County Public Library (SJCPL) in South Bend, IN, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2016.
Visiting young scientists and their siblings can make a planisphere, or starfinder, that shows select constellations for which there are activities at several astronomy stations. Use the Big Dipper and Cassiopeia to find north and all other directions. You can make your own Night Sky Treasure Map by downloading and printing two PDF documents. Other free handouts are here.
For the summer constellations, simulate the warped space of a black hole in Sagittarius; use light to discover new exoplanets near Cygnus; compare the gravity of planets in Scorpius. Activities are in the Molloy Meeting Room in the library's lower level, with thanks to Kids AstroCamp at YMCA Camp Eberhart.
For the winter constellations, follow the life cycles of stars or make a mosaic from images of Taurus;