'Bolt the star' - literally

December 15, 2017
Usain Bolt's iconic pose is among the new constellations created by the University of Birmingham and the Big Bang Fair in an effort to encourage more youngsters to get involved in astrology.
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Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is among a number of contemporary celebrities, who have been assigned constellations after a set of British astrologers came up with new settings as a science education effort.

The eight invented constellations in the "Look Up To The Stars" project include Harry Potter's glasses, a tennis racket for Serena Williams, a spaceship for astronaut Tim Peak, a blue whale for naturalist David Attenborough, and a book in honour of Nobel-winner Malala Yousafzai, and is hoped will make science more exciting and relatable to young students.

The eight constellations invented are a bid to get more young people interested in the universe.

Constellations are based on the zodiac and figures from ancient Greek and Roman mythology, which according to the individuals behind the new projects: "Aren't necessarily proving successful in enticing children today to look up at the stars."

A survey quoted by organisers - Big Bang Fair, found 29 per cent of seven to 19-year-olds admitted that they would not be able to recognise a single classical constellation. The survey also found 72 per cent of children admitted that they had never looked for a constellation at night.

"We really hope these new creations will help people of all ages develop their interest in space and astronomy," said Emma Willett, who led the University of Birmingham research team.

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