Stars in Your Hand

Stars in Your Hand

A Guide to 3D Printing the Cosmos

By Kimberly Arcand and Megan Watzke

An illustrated guide to exploring the Universe in three dimensions.





An illustrated guide to exploring the Universe in three dimensions.

Astronomers have made remarkable discoveries about our Universe, despite their reliance on the flat projection, or 2D view, the sky has offered them. But now, drawing on the vast stores of data available from telescopes and observatories on the ground and in space, astronomers are using 3D technology to go beyond a flattened view of the cosmos. In Stars in Your Hand, Kimberly Arcand and Megan Watzke offer an illustrated guide to exploring the Universe in three dimensions, with easy-to-follow instructions for creating models of stars and constellations using a 3D printer and 3D computer imaging.

Stars in Your Hand and 3D technology make learning about space an adventure. Intrigued by the stunning images from high-powered telescopes? Using this book, you can fly virtually through a 3D spacescape and hold models of cosmic objects in your hand. Arcand and Watzke outline advances in 3D technology, describe some amazing recent discoveries in astronomy, reacquaint us with the night sky, and provide brief biographies of the telescopes, probes, and rovers that are bringing us so much data. They then offer images and instructions for printing and visualizing stars, nebulae, supernovae, galaxies, and even black holes in 3D. The 3D Universe is a marvel, and Stars in Your Hand serves as a unique and thrilling portal to discovery.

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$21.95 T ISBN: 9780262544153 136 pp. | 6 in x 9 in 57 b&w illus., 40 color plates


  • "Arcand and Watzke deftly and accessibly show how mere 2D images are transformed into 3D models of objects, from planets to nebulae to galaxies and more. It makes me embarrassed that I don't own a 3D printer myself!"

    Dr. Ethan Siegel

    writer of the blog, Starts With A Bang, and author of Beyond the Galaxy and Treknology

  • "This book provides needed motivation for creating 3D models required for tactile learners of astronomy, including at schools and organizations for the blind."

    Ana Marie Larson

    Teaching Professor Emerita, University of Washington

  • “I still smile when I think about the “3D” stamped-cardboard Apollo lander I built as a kid— imagine how 3D printed spacecraft and astronomical objects will inspire today's astro-curious!?”

    Alyssa Goodman

    Robert Wheeler Willson Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University & Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution