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Atoms cannot be divided. celestial—Having to do with the sky or space. constellation—A collection of stars. gravity—The force that causes objects to be attracted to one another. Gravitational force increases as objects are closer together or for objects with more mass. interstellar space—The space between the stars, which scientists call the interstellar medium. It is not really empty space, but filled with clouds of different gases—mostly hydrogen—and tiny solid particles. 60 light-year—A unit of measurement used to measure distances in space.

This specialized equipment allows them to see details and collect other types of data that teaches them more about stars and celestial objects. But you do not have to be a professional astronomer to marvel at the starry night sky. Observatories and planetariums are good places to learn about and view the stars. Some observatories have special programs for times when specific constellations or celestial bodies are visible. Many of these places also have strong telescopes that they allow the public to use to view the sky.

Polaris, the pole star, is located at the end of Special photography can reveal star trails, which are the apparent paths the stars take as they revolve around the North Pole, or in this case, the North Star Polaris. 46 Stargazing the “handle” of the constellation known as the Little Dipper. This bright star is called the North Star because it is almost exactly over the North Pole. The sky seems to rotate around Polaris. Polaris is often used for navigation in the Northern Hemisphere because it always indicates north.

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