If you found your way to this page, it must mean that you enjoyed reading Contributing Editor Howard Banich's article on Barnard's Star in the May 2024 issue of Sky & Telescope. What you'll find below is a printable, black-and-white version of the finder chart that appears on page 63 of the magazine. Clicking on the image will pop up a higher-resolution version of the chart.

Finder chart for Barnard's Star
This chart, which appears in the May 2024 issue of Sky & Telescope in color, highlights more than two centuries of Barnard's Star's motion. The first thing to notice is that the path shows 204 years of movement, starting in 1916 — the year E. E. Barnard discovered the star’s huge proper motion. Its 10.4″ of yearly motion will have added up to nearly 0.6° during that time — greater than the apparent diameter of the Moon! Also note the vastly different scales of the two flying-geese asterisms. Making sure you identify both — especially if you’re using a relatively small telescope — is an important step toward pinpointing the current location of Barnard’s Star. Click on the chart or here for a larger version for printing.

If you happen to observe Barnard's Star, do drop us a line at [email protected] and let us know details. Howard Banich and the editors would love to hear from you.

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