Look Up and See
This project is being
developed as a tool to help teach high
school students the location of stars,
how they are mapped, and the progression of the zodiac through the night sky of the northern
The first task was to get coordinates of the stars of each sign of the zodiac. At first I measured
stars individually by hand from a star map. That didn’t last long. I found coordinates on the web
and put them in Excel.
flat, so they needed to be converted to degrees. This was done and the map generated.
15 degrees. These were put in Photoshop and animated, resulting in a globe that turns and shows
the constellations of the zodiac.
Next I wanted to “connect the dots” to show the individual constellations, and have them appear
one at a time on a map, to show the order is not alphabetical but seasonal.
I also want to alter the viewpoint of the sphere so that you are seeing the sky from the inside, much
like looking up into the heavens. An example of the stars rotating around the North Pole is
found at this link. I envision something of this type.
Finally, I want to turn this into a series of lessons that could be used for teaching purposes.
Map with Text Links
with Coordinate Links