Kepler Starwheel

Uncle Al's Star Wheels are inexpensive star maps, adjustable for any time of night in any month of the year. Such maps are also called planispheres. These star wheels were created by the Hall's Hands-On Universe project, and based on the Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) Sky Challenger, a set of 6 star wheels, formerly available through the Hall's Discovery Corner Store.

screenshot of the Uncle Al's Star Wheel
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To Use the Star Wheels

  1. Set date and time
  2. Note which horizon the constellation is closest to and put that horizon near the bottom.
  3. Constellations higher in the sky are closer to the center of the map.

Download a Star Wheel for your area

Northern Hemisphere

Southern Hemisphere

Related Activity: Kepler Exoplanet Transit Hunt

Kepler Exoplanet Transit Hunt

Kepler Exoplanet Transit Hunt lets you discover a planet by the “transit method” like what the NASA Kepler Mission used: watching a star and hunting for the tiny drops in brightness that happen when the planet passes (transits) in front it! How many properties of the planet do you think you can know just from a few minuscule dips in brightness?

Download the Kepler Exoplanet Transit Hunt (SWF ZIP, 2.4 MB)
This is a downloadable flash file and may not work with mobile operating systems.

Download Messier Catalog Excel File


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