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NASA's Follow The Drinking Gourd

NASA's Follow The Drinking Gourd

This video segment explores how slaves traveling on the Underground Railroad used astronomy to guide them. Viewers learn that the slaves located the North Star by finding the Drinking Gourd, also known as the Big Dipper, which pointed to the star.
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Dr. Troy Tenhet
Dr. Troy Tenhet (Faculty)
9 years ago
We used to sing about this in music class. Now we can go to this NASA site and see the science behind it all!
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