Create your own Hipparcos star globe

27 September 2007

ESA’s Hipparcos satellite mapped our galaxy and discovered millions of stars. With the information that the satellite collected, you can now make your own globe of the Milky Way, and even your own Hipparcos booklet. Read on to see how…

Arm yourself with some glue, a pair of scissors, then print two pages out, and you’re ready to make your own Milky Way globe!

The Hipparcos star globe

Download the full globe cut-out

Instructions on making your own Hipparcos star globe

Download the full instructions on making the globe

The Hipparcos star globe booklet

Download the Hipparcos star globe booklet

Instructions on making your own booklet

Download the full instructions on making the booklet

The globe has been derived from the Hipparcos map of the sky, a product of the Hipparcos mission, which contains around 2.5 million of the brightest stars in the sky, and the cloudy Milky Way itself.

Once you are finished making the globe, the Hipparcos map appears as bright, point-like stars and the clouds of the Milky Way. The 20 brightest stars have been labelled on the globe.

See what the globe will look like when you’re done…

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