Kepler Star Wheel
UPDATED 2012 August 3
2013 Kepler Star Wheel (PDF, 1.02 MB):
- Shows where in the sky Kepler is pointing.
- Has sky positions of 17 naked-eye stars (brighter than magnitude 5) with exoplanets discovered as of August 2012 from http://exoplanets.org. [Green circles denote stars with exoplanets.]
- Goes with Uncle Al's Hands-On Universe Star Wheels
- Includes master for photocopy and assembly instructions
- Two wheels included:
- one with coordinate grid for plotting additional exoplanet stars
- one without grid for cleaner simpler look - easier to read
- Has two holders: one for latitudes 30°-50° and one for latitudes 50°-70°
For a nice set of questions to ask students when using starwheels, see the Using Starmaps (PDF, 644 KB) investigation from the HOU/GSS book A Changing Cosmos.
The 2011 version Kepler Star Wheel has over 60 stars with exoplanets marked (down to magnitude 6).
Kepler Star Wheels are © by The Regents of the University of California, but may be used for educational purposes as long as credit is given as follows: "Kepler Star Wheels reproduced with permission from University of California, Lawrence Hall of Science, and NASA Kepler Mission. Latest version may be obtained at http://kepler.nasa.gov/education/starwheel/"