Astronomer Activity Badge

  • Show what you know about the night sky and why the pattern of stars changes, night by night, throughout the year.
  • Learn the meaning of the terms celestial, equator, poles, circumpolar and zodiac.
  • Observe three constellations on a clear night and record what you saw.
  • Learn how to identify a satellite. How do you tell it apart from an aeroplane, star, planet or a meteor? Then complete these activities:
  • Identify a satellite to observe
  • Choose a clear night and use a clock and a compass to help you observe the satellite
  • Plan an evening with your group and teach others how to observe the satellite.


This badge can be achieved by taking part in our ‘Snooze at the Zoo’


Astronomer Activity Badge Itinerary at Dartmoor Zoo

17:00 – Arrival, Introduction to the Zoo

17:30 – Zoo tour

18:30 – Dinner

19:30 – Night time Zoo Trail

20:00 – Campfire and marshmallows

20:45 – Set up Camp

21:00 – Stargazing – identifying constellations and observing the moon

22:00 – Bed Time

07:00 – Pack up

08:00 – Breakfast

09:00 – Learning about patterns of stars and recapping key words

10:00 – Close Encounters


This itinerary is an example of the sessions we provide, feel free to choose another activity from the list to put into the itinerary for your day.