Glossary term: Sky Map

Also known as Celestial map or Star chart

Description: A map that points out the position of astronomical objects (stars, planets, the Sun, the Moon, etc.) on the sky at a particular point in time.

Sky maps allow astronomers to find the locations of objects in the night sky and can be used for navigation.

Modern astronomical researchers make maps of the sky as part of astronomical surveys which record a wide variety of information about the objects they study.

Interactive sky maps for the general public are available as computer programs or mobile apps.

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