Here’s some good news for those who like science but find scientific terminologies and jargons boring. In an attempt to teach children about the layout of the universe, British astronomers have come up with a new set of constellations inspired by modern-day figures such as Harry Potter and Usain Bolt. AFP reports that the eight new constellations are a part of the “Look Up to The Stars” project. The project is the brainchild of The Big Bang Fair, a science education event for young people and astronomers at the University of Birmingham. Emma Willett, who led the University of Birmingham research team, said that they hope these new creations will help people of all ages develop their interest in space and astronomy.
A constellation is defined as a group of stars forming a recognizable pattern that is traditionally named after its apparent form or identified with a mythological figure. There are reportedly around 88 constellations at present. The proposals for the eight new constellations include Harry Potter’s glasses, a tennis racket for Serena Williams, a spaceship for astronaut Tim Peak, a blue whale for naturist David Attenborough and a book in honour of Nobel-winner Malala Yousafzai. With the help of these modern constellations, the astronomers aim to get more young people interested in the universe.
Here is University of Birmingham’s Facebook post about the new constellations:
At present, the constellations are based on the zodiac and figures from ancient Greek and Roman mythology. These aren’t necessarily proving successful in enticing children today to look up at the stars, said The Big Bang Fair in a statement. It also quoted a survey which states that 29 percent of seven to 19-year-olds admitted they would not be able to recognise a single classical constellation, and 72 percent of children admitted they had never looked for a constellation at night.