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The Star Dome NGSS

SKU #AST-700
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Construct your own small planetarium dome.


The Star Dome's unique design allows for a nearly distortion-free depiction of the starry sky, much like you'd find inside a planetarium dome. The cut-out sheet elegantly solves the ancient cartographer problem of mapping a three-dimensional sphere onto a flat surface. The Star Dome depicts all the stars and constellations visible in the southern sky of the northern hemisphere down to latitudes of 40°N. Includes date and time markers to simplify locating stars and constellations. Sturdy, easy to build, and stackable, this full-color star chart is ideal for astronomical group work at school or in Scout groups. Construction time: about 40 minutes. Diameter: 21 cm (8.25"). Some glue required - not included.


This product will support your students' understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)*, as shown in the table below.

Suggested Science Idea(s)


The students can use the Star Dome to construct a model of a planetarium. For younger students it provides a concrete teaching tool for the Northern hemisphere stars. For Middle and High School students, it's a great starting point and foundation for more complex mathematical and computational representations in the Solar System.


* NGSS is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of, and do not endorse, this product.

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