Comet Star Wheels

Comet Star Wheels
1. Down load each of the images by clicking on the link
below each one. 

2. Print off the two downloaded pdf files.
Card stock paper works best. 
Use the thickest paper you have. 

3.  Carefully make the cuts as shown below
4. Carefully fold the bottom on a straight edge as below
This fold needs to be done right on the dotted line.

5. Make the right and left folds turn it over and tape the
the tabs making the pocket

6. Turn over, insert wheel, dial date, and standard time
and put on the large paper clip.

You have just made your comet finder.

7. To Use Your Comet Finder You need to make a red written plastic filter for your flashlight and attach it with a rubber band. You should be able to view your comet finder in a dark area with this arrangement.  Your night vision will be at its best if you do  not look at a white light for at least 30 min.
Red Filtered Flashlight
You need to do the same for your cell phone or keep it off  to enable your eyes to see the comets. If you look at white light from your cell phone you will not be able to see the comets for 20-30 minutes.
8. Out under the night sky with little or no Moon visible.  Face North and hold your star wheel so the northern horizon is to the bottom.

9. Scan the area where the comets are with binoculars.
Take a friend along.