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What is a sky map?
A sky map is a map of the night sky that shows the location of stars, constellations, planets and other celestial bodies. Sky maps are often called star charts or star maps.
An all-sky map shows the entire night sky from horizon-to-horizon.
How do I use an all-sky map?
Now, look closely at the sky map. Notice the compass directions printed around the edge. You will need to rotate the sky map so the compass direction appears along the bottom of the map when you face that particular direction. Rotate the map about its center to see what is meant.
The center of the map is the part of the sky directly overhead (zenith). Objects in the night sky are located between the zenith and the horizon. So a celestial object which is drawn halfway between the map edge and its center will appear in the sky halfway between the horizon and the zenith.
Find a bright star pattern on the sky map. Note the compass direction of the star pattern on the map. Look up into the night sky as you face the same compass direction. Can you find the bright star pattern? It may help if you hold the map above your head. Try to star-hop from star-to-star using the sky map.
When can I use The Evening Sky Map?
Can I use The Evening Sky Map at different latitudes?
Why are the East and West labels reversed?
Still confused? Try this: Hold the sky map above your head with the "NORTH" label towards the North and the "SOUTH" label towards the South. Look up at the sky map. The "EAST" label should be towards the East and the "WEST" label should be West. With the correct orientation of the map, try and locate the stars and planets again -- the map will show them in the correct part of the sky.
Do you provide a sky map for equatorial regions?
Is The Evening Sky Map available in other formats?
To view and print the document you must have installed version 4.x or higher of the free Acrobat Reader program.
The latest version of Acrobat Reader for Macintosh, PC/Windows and Unix computers is available for free at Adobe.
Why can I not see or print the sky map?
The latest version of Adobe Reader (formerly Adobe Acrobat Reader) for Macintosh, PC/Windows and Unix computers is available as a free download from the Adobe Web site.
Can I make copies of The Evening Sky Map?
No. Don't be fooled. Read what the International Astronomical Union says about this dubious commercial practice.
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