Guided by the Stars
- During the Age of Exploration, explorers used the stars to guide them through their journeys. They used star charts of a sort, called astrolabes in order to find their position based on the stars, sun, moon, and planets.
- Have your students use star charts and other equipment you can provide, to figure out what the sky would look like based on a particular point on earth during a given date.
- They should sketch some of the larger constellations and brighter stars as well as the planets and sun. This will give them some knowledge of using a star chart as well as a respect for the complications involved in early exploration.
- Have them reflect on the idea of maps being taken for granted in today's world as opposed to the world during the Age of Exploration.