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Supernova Star Maps

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Supernova Star Maps

This fun astronomy activity allows learners to experience finding stars in the night sky that will eventually go supernova. This activity is perfect for a star party outdoors. The PDF contains step-by-step instructions, photos, presentation tips, ready-to-print star maps, and links to background information.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • copies of this month's Star Map—print the Supernova Information Sheet on the back.
  • (Optional) Telescopes


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
      • Stars and Galaxies
      • Light and Optics
      • Probes, Satellites and Spacecraft
  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Atomic Structure
      • Elements and Periodic Table
      • Elementary Particles and Nuclear Physics
      • Mass and Weight
      • Volume and Density

Informal Categories

  • Outdoor Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All Rights Reserved, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, ©2008


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