The universe is a vast, marvelous and awe inspiring place, and as the great Carl Sagan once said, we humans, are a way for the cosmos to know itself. The grade nine unit of Earth and Space Science focuses on astronomy, the study of the universe and its major components. Sadly, it is hard to observe astronomical phenomena while at school, but thanks to computer programs we can bring some aspects of the cosmos into the classroom. In order to study the constellations and explore the characteristics of stars, students use a program called Stellarium on our school computers to explore the night sky, and the constellations that have captivated us for thousands of years.
The Cosmos in the Classroom