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Paper: Amidst the Beauty of the Night Sky, which of the Constellations am I?
Volume: 457, Connecting People to Science
Page: 165
Authors: Herrmann, K. A.
A well known constellation am I–
I never set in the northern sky.
Native Americans and Greeks, you see,
Wrote legends when they recognized me.
Two close stars still test for keen eyesight.
Two point to the North Star—what a light!
Look for my galaxies, you know where.
I am ____ _____, the _____ ____!
© Kimberly A. Herrmann, 2003)
I have loved rhyming poetry ever since I can remember—from Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham and Maurice Sendak's Chicken Soup with Rice, to the works of Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky. It was not until high school, though, that I realized that I could combine two of my loves—those for poetry and astronomy. Since then, I have written almost 100 astronomical riddles and always attempted to include as much astronomy content as possible—even in the riddles about constellations. Consequently, I have found them effective in teaching or reviewing aspects of astronomy in several venues, including college astronomy courses for non-science majors and events with elementary school students. More recently I have used 23 constellation riddles to create informative and entertaining seating slides that have been playing at Lowell Observatory and the Youngstown Planetarium. I hope to have these slides played at other venues as well and also hope to publish my riddles as a series of books someday.
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