Free Old Constellation Map Posters To Download

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Antique Celestial Maps To Print

This is a fabulous collection of vintage constellation map posters, celestial maps and star charts. Constellation maps are made up of 88 known constellations and are used to help astronomers to locate stars and other objects in the sky.

Depending on where you are based in the world and the season will depend on what constellations you will see. Out of the 88 recognized star constellations, 36 are found mainly in the northern sky, while the remaining 52 are located in the southern sky.

constellation is a group of stars that forms an imaginary outline or pattern on the celestial sphere, typically representing an animal, mythological person or creature, a god, or an inanimate object.

Many of the old constellation map posters are full of gorgeous colourful illustrations of these animals, creatures and objects.

The constellation map posters in this curated collection were drawn in the 17th and 19th Centuries. Many of the more richly illustrated celestial maps tend to be the earlier ones.

I think these gorgeous star maps would look fabulous framed on a gallery wall.

free constellation map posters

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The Old Constellation Map Posters

1. The Constellations (July, August, September) -1856

This rare hand coloured map of the stars was engraved by W. G. Evans of New York for Burritt’s 1856 edition of the Atlas to Illustrate the Geography of the Heavens. It represents the Northern night sky in the months of July, August and September. Constellations are drawn in detail and include depictions of the Zodiacal figures the stars are said to represent. Included on this chart are Scorpio (the Scorpion), Sagittarius (the Archer), Capricorn (the Goat), Serpentarius (the Serpent Bearer) and Taurus (the Bull). The chart is quartered by lines indicating the Solstitial and Equinoctial Colures. This map, like all of Burritt’s charts, is based on the celestial cartographic work of Pardies and Doppelmayr.

Map of Constellations July August September

2. The Constellation Map Posters June, May, April – 1856

Another one of the constellation map posters from Burritt’s 1856 Atlas. It represents the Northern night sky in the months of June, May, and April. Constellations are drawn in detail and include depictions of the Zodiacal figures the stars are said to represent. Included on this chart are Leo (the Lion), Virgo (the Virgin), Bootes, Hydra (the Snake) and the Centaur, among others. The celestial map is quartered by lines indicating the Solstitial and Equinoctial Colures.

free star map showing constellations

3. The Constellations October, November and December 1856.

Another one of the constellation map posters from Burritt’s 1856 edition of the Atlas to Illustrate the Geography of the Heavens. It represents the Northern night sky in the months of October, November and December. Constellations are drawn in detail and include depictions of the Zodiacal figures the star maps are said to represent. Included on this chart are Aquarius (the Water Bearer), Aries (the Ram), Pisces (the Fish), Capricorn (the Sea Goat) and Cetus (the Whale).

Constellations map posters October November december

4. Constellation Map Posters for Each Month of The Year – 1856

A celestial map of the stars of the northern hemisphere. It represents the night sky and constellations of the Northern Hemisphere. Constellations are drawn in detail and include depictions of the Zodiacal figures the stars are said to represent. Included on this chart are Ursa Major (Great Bear or the Big Dipper), Ursa Minor (the Little Bear or Little Dipper), Draco (the Dragono), Cassiopeia (the W), Perseus, Camelopardalis, and Cepheus. From Burritt’s 1856 edition of the Atlas to Illustrate the Geography of the Heavens.

constellation map posters

5. Celestial Map of The Southern Hemisphere Stars – 1856

A celestial map of the night sky and constellations of the Southern Hemisphere. Constellations are drawn in detail and include depictions of the Zodiacal figures the stars are said to represent. Included on this chart are Hydra (the Snake), Dorado (the Sword Fish), Pavo (the Peacock) and the Centaur. Another one from Burritt’s 1856 edition of the Atlas to Illustrate the Geography of the Heavens.

Constellation Map of the Stars of Southern Hemisphere

6.1878 Migeon Map of the Stars and Constellations

An 1878 printable constellation map by the French cartographer Migeon. This map depicts the night skies of both the northern and southern hemispheres. It is from Migeon’s Geographie Universelle, published in Paris.

free Celestial map

7. Situs Terrae circulis coelestibus circundatae (1) 1708

A beautifully illustrated map from the early 18th century showing the world and the heavenly bodies that surround it. The Latin title translates as “The site of earth surrounded by heavenly.

vintage heavenly body map

8. Planisphæri cœleste, by Frederik de Wit

Frederik de Wit was a Dutch cartographer of the 1600s and created this fantastic celestial map of the night sky illustrating the fantastic creatures hidden in the stars.

constellation map showing the creatures

9. 1930 – Star Map of northern hemisphere and zodiac

A Starry sky of northern hemisphere and zodiac (pattern for construction of a celestial map). Form the German school atlas Lange-Diercke – Sächsischer Schulatlas.

Starry sky of northern hemisphere and zodiac (pattern for construction of a celestial map)

10. 1661 Andreas Cellarius – Celestial Map

A gorgeous colourful illustrated constellation map poster of the starry constellations by the Dutch-German cartographer Andreas Cellarius.

Constellation map posters

11. 1661 Plant Earth Orbit Map

Another printable constellation map from Harmonia Macrocosmica, a star atlas written by Andreas Cellarius and published in 1660 by Johannes Janssonius.

Constellation map posters

If you liked these constellation map posters, you might want to check out some of my other free maps to download.

6 thoughts on “Free Old Constellation Map Posters To Download

  1. I love these Claire! My husband is into astronomy, and framing some of these prints would make a great gift. Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

  2. I always love your posts; These would be so great to frame or use as a basis for a masculine caard; I find it hard to come up with great pix sometimes. Thank you for all your research you do for us!

    1. It’s really nice to hear you enjoy the pictures. I love finding them and sharing them, there will be plenty more to come.

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