Stars Have Stories

Twinkle, twinkle, little star, is a lullaby known by many, yet how much do you really know about the stars above? Astronomer and UWM Planetarium director Dr. Jean Creighton explores these glittering bursts of light we see each night in her Stars Have Stories series, hosted by the UWM Alumni Association Future Panther Academy. Watch the videos and check out the corresponding activities.

What do you see during day and night?
Together we will go on a tour of the day and night sky. What is there to see?What You See During the Day and Night

Where are the stars?
Explore the history of stars by looking at the clues they leave. If we lived for a very long time, the star patterns or constellations we see now would be different.Where Are the Stars?

How much do stars shine?
How much light do we see and how much light do they produce? Dr. Jean describes how brightness opened our eyes to extremely bright distant beacons.

How far away are stars?
The third clue we have from stars is their distance. Is that bright star in the sky actually that bright or is it simply nearby?How Far Away Are Stars?

How fast do stars move?
The fourth clue we have from stars is their speed: How fast are they zipping through space? Do they make steady long-lived friendships with other stars?How Fast Do Stars Move?


How hot can a star be?
The fifth clue we have from stars is their temperature. Dr. Jean describes how we can take the temperature of a star from a distance.How Hot Can Stars Get?


How are stars born?
Where and how are stars born? This question propelled Dr. Jean’s career.How Are Stars Born?


How do stars help us tell stories?
Different cultures all around the world told different stories about patterns they saw in the sky. Hear some of these stories.


SOFIA & Special Mailbag Session
Dr. Jean talks about her time in space. Plus, she devotes time during this session to answer viewer questions.