Star Charts: A Fun Family Night Activity

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Stargazing is a wonderful family night activity to bond with your children and appreciate the beauty of creation.  It’s even more meaningful when you know what you’re seeing and can track the movement of the stars.  Below, based on the time of the year, are some great free star charts to help you understand the heavens.

PDF North of declination +65 PDFPDF RA 12h to 16h, Dec +20 to -20RA 11.5h to 13.5h, Dec +20 to 0
PDF RA 0h to 4h, Dec +65 to +20 PDF RA 16h to 20h, Dec +20 to -20
PDF RA 4h to 8h, Dec +65 to +20 PDF RA 20h to 0h, Dec +20 to -20
PDF RA 8h to 12h, Dec +65 to +20 PDF RA 0h to 4h, Dec -20 to -65
PDF RA 12h to 16h, Dec +65 to +20 PDF RA 4h to 8h, Dec -20 to -65
PDF RA 16h to 20h, Dec +65 to +20 PDF RA 8h to 12h, Dec -20 to -65
PDF RA 20h to 0h, Dec +65 to +20 PDF RA 12h to 16h, Dec -20 to -65
PDF RA 0h to 4h, Dec +20 to -20 PDF RA 16h to 20h, Dec -20 to -65
PDF RA 4h to 8h, Dec +20 to -20 PDF RA 20h to 0h, Dec -20 to -65
PDF RA 8h to 12h, Dec +20 to -20 PDF South of declination -65

Thanks to CloudyNights.com for permission to reprint these.

RA (Right Ascension) corresponds to east-west direction, similar to longitude. DEC (Declination) corresponds to north-south direction, similar to latitude. RA is measured in hours, minutes, and seconds whereas DEC is measured in degrees, arcminutes, and arcseconds.