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star map

1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for star map
  • Join us for an evening of discovery and take home a star map that shows which stars will explode as supernovae.
  • Behind the pyramid is a large, plastic three-dimensional star map, evidence of his involvement in astrophysics.
  • The star map, which is used for auto navigation needs to be refined occasionally.
  • Blue reflective disks of various sizes will be used to create the star map.
  • Learn to read a star map and view the moon, planets, and other astronomical features through telescopes.
  • Learn to read a star map and view the moon, planets and other astronomical features through telescopes.
Encyclopedia Article for star map

astronomical map

any cartographic representation of the stars, galaxies, or surfaces of the planets and the Moon. Modern maps of this kind are based on a coordinate system analagous to geographic latitude and longitude. In most cases, modern maps are compiled from photographic observations made either with Earth-based equipment or with instruments carried aboard spacecraft.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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