Kepler Star Wheel
The Kepler Star Wheel is a free diy planisphere that was designed to give your sky observations a jump start. As with all planispheres it will help you to find your way around the night sky.
Many people take great pleasure in gazing up into the night sky and taking in the full majesty of the heavens. The challenge is being able to locate and identify those stars, planets and constellations.
The easy to build Kepler Star Wheel makes it really simple and you will find yourself navigating the night sky in no time at all. It is also a great project for kids who will find it great fun!
As Earth turns on its axis, the stars appear to rise in the east and set in the west, just as the Sun and Moon do, so you will notice different stars overhead during the course of the night.
Similarly, as Earth makes its journey around the Sun, you’ll see different stars in the sky as the months go by. So which stars will be in your sky tonight?
To find out, follow these simple directions
Simply select the date and hour you wish to observe, and then set the Star Wheel so the date, which is located on the rim of the circular disk matches the time indicated along the edge of the outer sleeve. Then holding the planishere out in front of you, the stars above the map’s horizon should match those in the sky. It will depend on the viewing conditions on the night and your precise location on exactly how many you can actually observe.
In addition it will show you the area of space where the Kepler Space telescope is pointing, monitoring in the region of 100,000 stars,looking for Earth size planets orbiting these stars.
To get started you will first need to download and print the Star Wheel. Then simply follow the instructions written on the wheel and you're all ready to start your journey of discovery.
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