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DIY Star Map

DIY Star Map

Ever since I was a kid, I have been amazed by the night sky. It was always a mystery to me how the stars managed to keep their positions night after night, the only thing that would change was their orientation—relative to my normal position that is—altogether.

Growing up, I learned that it had to do with Earth's rotation and its position in the sky. This was also the reason why some of the constellations I could spot in one season didn't show up in the other seasons.

This property of the stars gave me the notion that every event, every special day in our lives, has its own dedicated sky view, be it day or night. This, in turn, gave me the idea for this project.

I really enjoy making things myself instead of buying them—especially if I'm planning on giving them as gifts. I believe it's more heartfelt to spend your time creating whatever it is you want to give someone as a gift. It may not always turn out perfect but I'm sure whoever you're giving it to will appreciate the time and effort you put into creating their present.

It's about time for my younger brother's birthday and I thought maybe I could create a star map of his birthdate. I remember watching the sky the night he was born, and this would serve as a memento of that night for both of us.

Without further ado, let's get to the list of supplies I used for this project!

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