Where Are the Distant Worlds? Star Maps

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This fun hands-on astronomy activity lets learners use star maps (included) to find constellations and to identify stars with extrasolar planets (Northern Hemisphere only, naked eye). Use this activity at a star party on a dark, clear night. Included in the PDF are activity suggestions, background information, and over 30 pages of printable star maps and planetary postcards.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Current month's Star Map for the public (included)
  • At least one set Planetary Postcards with Key (included)
  • small (red) flashlight
  • (Optional) Print list of Visible Stars with Planets (included)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
      • Stars and Galaxies
    • Solar System
      • The Sun
      • The Moon
      • The Planets
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
      • Size and Scale
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • The Scientific Worldview

Informal Categories

  • Outdoor Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access