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Special occasions are written in the stars

Commemorative star map leaning against a wall

Have you ever laid back to watch the stars?

If you look at the night sky at different times of the year you will see different patterns in the stars. The constellations that are visible from where you stand change as the Earth orbits the Sun. If you know what you are looking for you will notice a few more stars in the East each night that you couldn’t see the night before.

This all means that the sky appears to change every night. The sky that you could see on your birthday will be different to the one you saw at Christmas. The sky above your head as you celebrate a special occasion will be unique.

To me, stars are both fascinating and beautiful. There have been many times when I’ve found myself gazing at the sky, pondering what’s out there and feeling like an incredibly small dot in the universe. So, when I was offered the opportunity to create a star map to mark a special occasion in my life, I couldn’t resist. Plus, we have just finished decorating our spare bedroom, which is also my office, so it seemed like a good opportunity to obtain some unique artwork for the walls.

Modern Map Art uses astronomical software to generate an image of the night sky on a particular date from a particular place in the world. This makes it a lovely way to commemorate a special occasion, such as the birth of your child, a wedding, your honeymoon, or anything else you can think of.

The company offers printing on posters or canvas and you can opt to have them ready framed.

Through the website you can choose the location and date you want in your poster, as well as the colour, wording, font, and whether you want a border.

Commemorative star map mock up


The website is easy to use and the poster I received was true to the online image. It is printed on thick, matt paper, so it feels good quality.

A poster the size of mine, will cost you in the region of £50, including postage to the UK, which is comparable to other sites offering a similar service.

You can find out more about the posters, and create your own by visiting*

I think a star map would make a great gift for those impossible to buy for people in your life. What do you think of them?


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Becci Johnson

Hi, I’m an almost 6 ft, thirty-something living in Manchester. Writer, blogger & mum to twins plus one.

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