Astronomy Resources

Star Charts and Activity Templates

Download the following tools, designed to help you better explore the stars.

Monthly Starcharts

These charts will help you find stars and constellations in the night sky – a great tool for naked eye observing.

January  February  March  April  May  June  July  August  September  October  November  December

Download full year (2.7Mb PDF)

Star Finders

Use one of the templates below to construct a simple planisphere. This tool can help you to identify stars and constellations. Its inner disk can be rotated to display the visible stars for any time and date.


Diptych Sundial

The Diptych Sundial is more complex and sophisticated in its form. Diptych sundials were portable, and as such they were often seen as stylish accessories (much like a fancy watch would be today). This activity is best suited for older children, teens, and adults.

Download (145Kb PDF)

Our Astronomy Virtual Program helps educators to bring a part of the Museum to their students! This program is bursting with engaging activities — from hands-on demonstrations, to creative worksheets and project ideas.

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