The Night Sky: Making a Star Chart with ArcGIS Pro

Blog Post created by spk578 on Aug 10, 2018

I discovered this amazing, well I think it is amazing, find recently and though to share how you can create a beautiful star chat using ArcGIS Pro. This StoryMap is made by Heather Smith you can find more information on the map at the bottom of the page.


I will let Heather introduce the map herself (extracted from the StoryMap):

Haven't you always wanted to make a star chart? You've seen so many beautiful maps of the night sky, and if you're anything like me, you look at them and think "I wish I made that."


But how? You know how to map things on the earth, but what about things in the sky? The good news is that with just a little tweaking, you can use GIS to map the stars.


In this blog you'll learn a little bit about celestial mapping and also some cartography skills in ArcGIS Pro. We will cover projection, symbology, labeling, annotation, masking, and layout.


>>> See the StoryMap now <<<


Map and tutorial by Heather Smith, Esri

Zoomable version of the map can be viewed here:  http://www.heathergabrielsmith.ca/maps/html/starchart.html

Data provided by Peter Girard