When You Wish Upon A Star: GreaterSkies Star Map

 

Greater Skies Star Map

Living in the countryside can, on occasion, feel like living in a planetarium. On a clear night there is nothing that I like more than standing outside looking at the stars. With the right app you can name all of the individual stars, but even without it the constellations and planets are clear to spot.

There’s something so calming and dreamlike looking up and out, beyond our Earth’s atmosphere and through space. “Second star to the right and straight on ‘til morning” says Peter Pan to Wendy, before they fly off the clock tower. There are so many star references through literature and in art. It seems that us humans have studied them, dreamed on them and even relied upon them for centuries.

There is a saying “when the stars align” but what does that really mean? In short it refers to something perfect. Something precious and lucky that has happened or is about to. Can this expression be turned around though? At the precise time of my wedding, for example, could I say that the stars had aligned, even if I did not know it in advance? And how would I even know which ones were above my husband and I as we exchanged vows, so bright was the sun that its light drowned them out. Well, now I do know, thanks to GreaterSkies. Now I can reminisce and study them to my heart’s content.

Me with the GreaterSkies star map

This excellent service draws upon separate sources used by NASA to compute the alignment at any given time and from any given point. Quite brilliant. Each map shows around 7,000 – 8,000 stars, which includes the constellations that are clearly marked out. The computer programme was designed initially by founder Juan Reyero to print a high quality star map, arguably unlike any other with no detail of the starry sky omitted. Offering them to friends and family Juan was, thankfully, persuaded to create a business out of his programme.

Printed in astonishingly sharp quality, and framed with real attention to detail, these maps would make a perfect gift to yourself or someone else. There are currently two styles on offer: Night Sky or Classic. The one downside is that whichever poster option you go for there is only one frame on offer which is a black rimmed one with styrene glass. This gives a superior finish and also has UV protection which makes finding the perfect spot to hang it that bit easier. You can reframe it, of course, if black isn’t quite your style. The poster is printed with archival inks which also protect against sun damage, to increase the longevity of your star map. So even in a different frame you don’t have to worry too much about hanging the artwork near a window.

When stars align

This wouldn’t be a complete review without mentioning the ordering process. Quite honestly, it couldn’t be easier. You choose the date and time, then find the location either by typing in the name or a postcode. You get two different text boxes. One is more of a title (referred to as the caption), the other adds detail. The caption box does run out of characters without telling you, so do check your final version before downloading or printing. If you need any assistance with this then the team at GreaterSkies are on hand and happy to help. The delivery is equally swift and seamless. I ordered the Night Sky version of my map on a Monday and it arrived on the Wednesday of the same week. One day later and it was and still is now hanging on my wall above my computer for me to dream over and pull creative motivation from at any time.

“There wouldn’t be a sky full of stars if we were all meant to wish on the same one.” Frances Clark

So would I recommend this product? Absolutely! There different ordering options, including being able to download the star map and print it yourself if that is your preference. There are exciting developments in the pipeline too, and I even spotted some downloadable Father’s Day cards on the GreaterSkies website. Without a doubt, this is a great gift to give, and to receive.

“Go out and paint the stars”. Vincent Van Gogh

Greaterskies Star Map

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N.B. I was gifted a GreaterSkies Night Sky star map in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure page for more information.

 

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30th May 2018

30 comments

Oh my gosh I want one! Thanks for the review! xx

It’s absolutely gorgeous! I’m so happy with it xx

The night sky has always baffled me. I can find the big dipper and little dipper but beyond that I am lost. #blogstravaganza

I’m always amazed that we can see other planets on a clear night – look for the bigger, bright stars.

I have this on my Mothers Day Gift Guide! I adore this idea! Such a unique way of remembering the moments near and dear to us!
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Oh how lovely! It is super, I’m so happy with mine.

its beautiful, i love the stars and as you living in the country this would be wonderful #Blogstravaganza

I can’t stop looking at it. Each time I look I seem to see something new!

Wow! That is quite interesting and can be a nice unique gift. #blogstravaganza

Definitely! These would make fabulous gifts.

Oh wow, my nephew’s birthday is in August and loves star gazing. I now know what I will be getting him for his birthday 😉 thank you! #Blogstravaganza

You are so welcome! It is lovely, I would highly recommend.

This really looks amazing and a lovely keepsake. The stars are certainly fascinating and one of the reasons I love living out in the countryside, how nice to be able to look at them inside too! #blogstravaganza

It is. I sit up and look at it every time I am at my desk. It’s wonderful.

How beautiful! I love watching the stars at night too, you are not alone there. A map like this would make such a wonderful gift. #blogstravaganza

Definitely! It would make a perfect gift.

These are so beautiful! I love ours and intend on putting it pride of place! Thanks so much fellow #Blogstravaganza host! Xxx

They have incredible detail don’t they? I love ours! Xx

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I’ve seen these and love them!! My plan is to buy them (once we have moved) but have our wedding day and the day the children were born. I have always found stars so fascinating! #Blogstravaganza

So have I! These really are lovely, there’s so much detail xx

This sounds amazing! I’m a total star-gazer… would absolutely love this!
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I look at mine everyday, it’s stunning!

I would love to know more about the stars! I love looking at them at night and would love to be able to tell my children more about them #blogstravaganza

They’re so beautiful. I’ve been fascinated by them all my life and I love sharing the interest with my boys 🙂

Oh wow! There are so many people I can think of who would love this as a gift. Thanks x #lgrtstumble

They make excellent gifts!

What a beautiful thing to have – it would make such a perfect gift. I was completely wowed by the perfect night skies when we moved to the countryside last year, I find it so calming too. I have no clue what I’m looking at though, so this would be great for me! #Blogstravaganza

Yes, these really are stunning. The detail is incredible!

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