A Polyhedron Skyglobe

This is an attempt to map the night-sky onto the sides of a polyhedron to create a cut-out-and-glue-together skyglobe. There are approximately 9000 stars visible with the naked-eye and this skyglobe shows all of these stars together with the official constellation boundaries.

A Skyglobe

There are three versions of this skyglobe available. The 'dark' version is probably the best version available, but I have also provided a 'light' version if your printer does not like the dark version. There is also a 'monochrome' version which might be useful if you want to make lots of photocopies of these templates.

A Dark Skyglobe
Dark Skyglobe: Template 1 Dark Skyglobe: Template 2 Dark Skyglobe: Template 3
Template 1 Template 2 Template 3
A Light Skyglobe
Light Skyglobe: Template 1 Light Skyglobe: Template 2 Light Skyglobe: Template 3
Template 1 Template 2 Template 3
A Monochrome Skyglobe
Monochrome Skyglobe: Template 1 Monochrome Skyglobe: Template 2 Monochrome Skyglobe: Template 3
Template 1 Template 2 Template 3

To make this skyglobe, you should print the three templates onto three sheets of card (use card, because paper works very badly.) A program such as 'Windows Paint' is a good program to print these with, because you can use the 'printer setup' to scale the image and remove the margins to maximise the size of these templates.

You can then cut out and glue the various parts together. It is useful to have a tissue available to mop-up excess glue. You should end up with a skyglobe with a diameter of approximately 15cm.

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