The earth moves around the sun, yet it is the sun that seems to travel against a background of stars. The path the sun seems to take is called the ecliptic. The moon and planets orbit the sun in the same plane as earth, and appear to be close to the ecliptic.
This star map is designed to be held above your head. West and east are oriented correctly when the printed map is viewed in this manner.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
Reference: P. Taylor, Naked eye wonders: a short guide to the stars as seen from Aotearoa New Zealand. Auckland: Starman Productions, 2005, p. 65
Diagram by Paul Taylor
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