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Make a Planisphere

A planisphere is a simple hand-held device that shows a map of which stars are visible in the night sky at any particular time. By rotating a wheel, it shows how stars move across the sky through the night, and how different constellations are visible at different times of the year.

This downloadable kit can be used specifically in Aruba near the 15-degree latitude. You can download and print it to make your own planisphere out of paper or cardboard.

What you need

  • Two sheets of A4 paper, or preferably thin card
  • Scissors
  • A split-pin fastener
  • Optional: one sheet of transparent plastic, e.g. acetate designed for use with overhead projectors
  • Optional: A little glue

All credits go to Dominic Ford, as the original author and copyright holder.