There are many different ways to represent the sky. We often say that each sunset is unique, but this is also valid when we look at the stars. Since the sky is so vast and its surface isn’t spherical, there are so many different regions to represent simultaneously. The most common representation of the sky takes the form of a star map.
If you want to get to know more about star maps, we invite you to read the rest of our article. You will understand the uniqueness of a star map and how we can help you select and create a personalized star map for yourself or your loved ones.
What Is a Star Map ?
A star map is, as its name suggests, a map of the night sky; used by astronomers for human navigation. They show the location of certain astronomical objects. It can contain different coordinates depending on the usage of the map. Certain star maps are very complex and can indicate the stellar magnitude of a star. They can include many other abbreviations that enable us to understand the nature of the astrological object, such as its distance and density.
A star map is a map of a limited portion of the sky. If you are into astrology a bit, you may have also heard of the word birth chart. These are also star maps, but they only show the sky as it could be seen from the location and date you were born. Birth charts also show the links between the solar system’s planets, conjunctions, and other conflictual or harmonious links.
What’s interesting with a star map is that it completely varies depending on the location and time of choosing. It doesn’t work as a map of the earth, for example. The planets each have itineraries that vary with time, so the sky never appears the same, although it always contains the same stars.
There are ways to calculate star maps that give you a precise and accurate rendering of the sky. It is quite amazing to be able to see exactly how the sky looked on a given day. Star maps are beautiful to look at. They show patterns of constellations we rarely get to see due to the usual light pollution we are subjected to unfortunately. Having a star map in your house is like being able to look at a portion of time and space that isn’t accessible anymore. A star map is a unique type of representation.
Why Would You Want To Have a Star Map ?
There are many reasons you might want to have a star map, whether for you or as a gift.
The problem with gifts is that sometimes it can be challenging to continue giving accurate and original gifts to the same person over and over. It isn’t because we are not caring enough, but it isn’t easy to have the time to find meaningful gifts. A Star map is an excellent gift for many reasons:
- A poster of a star map can be put wherever you want. It doesn’t take much space once it’s rolled, so it is perfect for carrying around and keeping even in the possible event of a move.
- Whether the person is interested in astronomy or not, a star map is easily understandable. It isn’t about astronomy itself; it’s about the link between the stars in this person in particular. It can be given to anyone.
- It is a very thoughtful and personal gift. What is interesting about a star map is that you get to choose exactly what this map represents. It can be someone’s birthday or a special day such as the first day you met your companion. It can be linked to any meaningful event you want. Your star map is completely unique, as it entirely depends on the coordinates you provide.
How Can You Personalise Your Star Map?
We offer star maps that match with your idea of the sky. With our service, you can create several different kinds of star maps.
You can create a highly personalized star map by choosing between all our different options:
- Background: We have six different types of backgrounds that are either more minimalist or complex, have higher contrast settings where you can see the milky way better, or have more bluish colors. You can also choose to add the constellation points and connections to see them more clearly or not, add a border, and other aesthetic options.
- Coordinates: To have precisely the star map you want, we will ask you to enter the specific date, time, and address of the location you want the star map to correspond to. As a result, you will have a completely unique star map.
- Text: Underneath this star map, you can add (or not) whatever text you want.
- Size and frame: We offer different sizes for our star maps, plus a framing service. You can choose from the colors black, natural bamboo imitation, or white.
How Accurate Are Star Maps?
As we aren’t astronomy or pure astrology business, you may be wondering about the accuracy of our star maps. Rest assured, our maps are scientifically accurate. We use an immense database provided and verified by the European Space Agency and NASA’s astronomical data to calculate our maps.
To follow this accuracy, we also provide a very high-quality printing service, where each pixel is accurate 1/100th of a mm. Our star maps are also printed with a very durable UV-resistant ink that won’t fade away in a year.
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