Space: Sky Maps
Use these sky maps to learn the constellation and planet locations each month. Learn what cosmic events takes place in the night sky throughout the year. The following sites contain interactive maps, images, movies, in class activities, and lesson plans using sky maps.
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics: Current Night Sky
This site provides information on the night sky, the planets, stars, the moon, comets, and meteors.
Make a Star Finder
This page has sky charts for each month. Read instructions how to color and play the Star Finder game. Ideas for using sky maps in fun ways to learn how to find stars and constellations in the night sky.
Kids Astronomy: Earth
This interactive sky map helps children to learn constellations that are seen in the night sky. The map can be update by month and time. NOTE: This site includes ads and sponsored links.
AstroViewer: Quick Orientation in the Night Sky
Use this star viewer to create your own sky maps. Click on the Start AstroViewer button to go to the interactive map creator. Start with the Location/City button to enter the city coordinates, then select an hour, day, month, and year for the map. Use slide bars for zooming and rotation a map. Click on the Print version to print out your sky map. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Jack Horkheimer: Stargazer: Home Page
This page contains movies about notable cosmic events. Astronomer Jack Horkheimer explains these events to kids in the video episodes and comics. Scroll down the page to view movies or read their transcripts.
Learn how to discern a star from a satellite, airplane, and a planet. Learn how to keep a sky journal, what to look for in the sky, and what young star gazers should know before heading out to the field.
ThinkQuest: What's in the sky tonight?
Find information about planet movements and stars this month. See where the International Space Station can be found and print out the sky maps.
NOTE: This site has a forum.
Exploring the Northern Hemisphere Constellations
Follow the links grouped by Earth's seasons to see what constellations can be found in the sky. NOTE: This site includes banner and other types of ads.
Astronomy Lesson Plans
This page has two lesson plans for learning about stargazing, finding stars and constellations.