Starmaps in the movies have been conspicuous by their absence. There is a nice scene of the "Stellar Cartography" room in Star Trek: Generations, all done with holograms. The mission control room of the movie Stargate has a nice mapping set up. And there is a version of the mapping "tank" in the Japanese anime movie Lensman.

Don't miss some maps I have created so you can plot your own science fiction universe.

Star Trek

Fans of Star Trek:TNG's The Best Of Both Worlds will be interested in the location of Wolf 359 (Gliese 406), which is, by the way, the third closest star to the sun. The planet Vulcan has been mentioned as being located at Epsilon Eridani (Gliese 144), or at 40 Eridani (Gliese 166). But for a more in-depth discussion of the location of Vulcan, click here. Here is a map of the Star Trek galaxy.

Babylon 5

Babylon 5 has also been located at Epsilon Eridani. But for a more in-depth discussion of the location of Babylon 5, click here.


In DUNE, Paul's home planet of Caladan was at Delta Pavonis (Gliese 780). Ecaz was Alpha Centauri B (Gliese 559), Richese was Epsilon Eridani (Gliese 144), Giedi Prime was 36 Ophiuchi (Gliese 663), and Dune itself is Canopus. Andrew Hobson has crafted some nice starmaps of the Dune universe. He also has the star data in an Excel Spreadsheet, based upon the work of Joseph Daniels.

Lost in Space

The hapless crew of Lost In Space were headed for Alpha Centauri (Gliese 559). They had plenty of company, once it became commonly know among SF authors that Alpha Centauri is the closest star to the sun. Fans of Scholastic Book Services will remember Robert Silverberg's REVOLT ON ALPHA C. Leigh Brackett's ALPHA CENTAURI - OR DIE!, Mary Russell's THE SPARROW, A. E. van Vogt's FAR CENTAURUS, Charles Pelligrino's FLYING TO VAHALLA, the list goes on and on.

Humanx Commonwealth

Here are a series of maps of Alan Dean Foster's Humanx Commonwealth novels.

Betty Hill

UFO buffs believe that the infamous Betty Hill starmap reveals the alien's home planet at Zeta 1 and Zeta 2 Reticuli (Gliese 136, 138).

The Flight Of The Dragonfly and The Legion Of Space

Robert Forward's THE FLIGHT OF THE DRAGONFLY takes place at Barnard's Star (Gliese 699), as does Jack Williamson's THE LEGION OF SPACE.

Tau Ceti

The star currently believed to be the closest one with the best chance of having a human habitable planet is Tau Ceti (Gliese 71).

Forbidden Planet

The intrepid crew of FORBIDDEN PLANET visited Altair (Gliese 768).

Known Space

Larry Niven's KNOWN SPACE series is just chock-full of real stars. Wunderland is Alpha Centauri (Gliese 559), Home is Epsilon Indi (Gliese 845), Plateau is Tau Ceti (Gliese 71), Jinx is Sirius A (Gliese 244), We Made It is Procyon A (Gliese 280), Down is L5 1668, Silvereyes is Beta Hydri, Canyon is p Eridani A, Gummidgy is Fomalhaut, and Margrave is 27 Serpens. In his MAN/KZIN wars franchise universe, BD+50°1725 (Gliese 380) is a Kzinti colony star. Charles Oines also pointed out to me that the same reference noted 61 Ursae Majoris as the Kzinti Homeworld.

Hal Clement

Among Hal Clement's works, MISSION OF GRAVITY's Mesklin is at 61 Cygni (Gliese 820), STARLIGHT's Dhrann is at Lalande 21185 (Gliese 411), CLOSE TO CRITICAL's Tenebra is Altair (Gliese 768) and Dromm is Eta Cassiopeae (Gliese 34).

Downbelow Station

C. J. Cherryh's DOWNBELOW STATION et al have lots of real stars. Pell (Downbelow Station) is Tau Ceti (Gliese 71), Viking Station is at Epsilon Eridani (Gliese 144), Bryant's Star is 61 Cygni (Gliese 820), Cyteen is BD+01°4774 and Mariner Station is at Van Maanan's Star (Gliese 35). Go here for a more complete list of the stars in the various Cherryh novels.

Childe Cycle

Gordon R. Dickson's "Childe Cycle" (more commonly known as the "Dorsai series") has many actual stars. Alpha Centauri A (Gliese 559) has Cassida, and Alpha Centauri B has Newton. Dunnin's World is around Altair (Gliese 768). Harmony and Association orbit Epsilon Eridani (Gliese 144). Procyon (Gliese 280) is home to Mara, Kultis, Ste. Marie, Zombri, and Coby. Sirius (Gliese 244) has Oriente, Freiland, and New Earth. And Tau Ceti (Gliese 71) is home to Ceta, of course. (Thanks to Russel Martin for this list). And Erynus tells me that the Dorsai home planet orbits Fomalhaut.


In Robert Heinlein's FRIDAY, Outpost is DM-54°5466 (Gliese 534.1), Botany Bay is DM-44°9181 (Gliese 540.3), The Realm is DM-51°8206 (Gliese 550), Proxima is Alpha Centauri A (Gliese 559A), Forest is DM-48°9494 (Gliese 570.1), Fiddler's Green is Nu (2) Lupi (Gliese 582), Midway is DM+47°9926 (Gliese 582.1) and Halcyon is DM-49°9653 (Gliese 587).

Galactic Core

Hard-SF writer and real-world astronomer Gregory Bendford wrote the classic "Galactic Core" series of novels.


Dr. Robert Forward's novel TimeMaster has a small star map.

Voice of the Whirlwind and Encounter With Tiber

In Walter Jon Williams's Voice of the Whirlwind, Sheol is Wolf 294 (Gliese 251), Archangel is Ross 47 (Gliese 213), and Terminus is Ross 986 (Gliese 268).

In Buzz Aldrin & John Barnes ENCOUNTER WITH TIBER, the planet Tiber is around Alpha Centauri A.

Alien Legacy

The Sierra computer game ALIEN LEGACY takes place at Beta Caeli (Gliese 176.1).


In Isaac Asimov's FOUNDATION series, Baleyworld (latter Comporellon) is around Epsilon Eridani (Gliese 144), Aurora is Tau Ceti (Gliese 71), and Alpha ( aka New Earth) is around Alpha Centauri (Gliese 559). (Thanks to Alberto Monteiro for this list.)

Cthulhu Mythos

H. P. Lovecraft's stories about the Cthulhu Mythos mention several stars, such as Betelgeuse, Fomalhaut, Aldeberan, Polaris, and Algol.


In BARBARELLA, her mission was to investigate the disappearance of Duran Duran at Tau Ceti.

Revelation Space

The novels of Alastair Reynolds (Revelation Space et al) feature the planet Yellowstone around Epsilon Eridani, Sky's Edge around 61 Cygni A, and Resurgam around Delta Pavonis.


Here is a map of Jerry Pournelle's CoDominion universe.


Here is a map of the Farscape universe.

Star Wars

Here are various maps of the Star Wars galaxy.


Orion's Arm

Here is a map of the Orion's Arm Universe.

Star Hero

Here is a map of the Terran Empire from the Star Hero RPG.



Here is a map of the Zaon RPG galaxy.

Star List

GlStar NameSpecDistPC(X, Y, Z)(Xg, Yg, Zg)Lum
34AETA CASG3V5.94(3.1, 0.6, 5.0)(3.2, 5.0, -0.5)1.34
35VAN MAANEN2DZ74.33(4.2, 0.9, 0.4)(-1.2, 2.0, -3.7)0.0002
71TAU CETG8Vp3.50(3.0, 1.4, -1.0)(-1.0, 0.1, -3.4)0.45
136ZET(1) RETG2V10.68(3.2, 3.7, -9.5)(1.2, -7.2, -7.8)0.63
138ZET(2) RETG1V11.42(3.4, 4.0, -10.2)(1.2, -7.7, -8.4)0.96
144EPS ERIK2V3.27(2.0, 2.6, -0.6)(-2.1, -0.6, -2.4)0.31
166AOMI(2) ERIK1Ve4.81(2.2, 4.3, -0.7)(-3.6, -1.4, -3.0)0.36
213ROSS 47M46.00(0.5, 5.8, 1.3)(-5.8, -1.4, -1.0)0.01
244AALF CMAA1V2.63(-0.5, 2.5, -0.8)(-1.8, -1.9, -0.4)23.55
251WOLF 294dM45.76(-1.1, 4.7, 3.2)(-5.6, -0.3, 1.5)0.003
268ROSS 986M4.5Ve6.08(-1.4, 4.6, 3.8)(-5.7, 0.1, 2.1)0.0009
280AALF CMIF5IV+3.50(-1.4, 3.2, 0.3)(-2.8, -1.9, 0.8)7.87
380BD+50°1725K2Ve4.69(-2.7, 1.4, 3.6)(-2.8, 0.7, 3.7)0.05
406WOLF 359M62.39(-2.3, 0.7, 0.3)(-0.6, -1.2, 2.0)0.00002
411DM+36°2147M2Ve2.52(-2.0, 0.5, 1.5)(-1.0, -0.1, 2.3)0.01
534.1AETA BOOG8V11.49(-5.9, -3.2, -9.4)(7.7, -8.4, 1.4)0.48
540.3CD-44°9181G4V20.8(-12.4, -8.1, -14.7)(15.0, -13.4, 5.52)1.18
550THE BOOG5V33.3(-16.7, -12.2, -26.2)(24.4, -22.2, 4.7)0.75
559AALF CENG2V1.34(-0.5, -0.4, -1.2)(1.0, -0.9, -0.0)1.61
570.1CD-48°9494G5V16.13(-7.7, -7.4, -12.1)(12.8, -9.5, 2.5)0.69
582NU(2) LUPG2V15.85(-6.9, -8.1, -11.8)(13.2, -8.5, 2.0)1.26
582.1ACD-47°9926G5VJ17.83(-7.7, -9.2, -13.2)(14.9, -9.5, 2.4)0.15
587CP-49°8137G5V25.00(-10.1, -12.6, -19.1)(20.9, -13.5, 2.3)0.48
663A36 OPHK1Ve5.33(-1.0, -4.7, -2.4)(5.3, -0.2, 0.6)0.24
699BARNARD'S STM5V1.83(-0.0, -1.8, 0.2)(1.5, 0.9, 0.4)0.0005
768ALF AQLA7IV+4.98(2.2, -4.4, 0.8)(3.3, 3.6, -0.8)11.07
780DEL PAVG8V5.71(1.2, -2.0, -5.2)(4.2, -2.4, -3.1)1.12
820A61 CYGK5Ve3.46(2.0, -1.9, 2.2)(0.5, 3.4, -0.4)0.09
845EPS INDK5Ve3.46(1.6, -1.0, -2.9)(2.1, -0.9, -2.6)0.15
CanopusA9II70(-4.29, 43.25, 55.52)(-10.43, -62.88, -30.06)

More complete lists are available here, as are instructions on using them to plot a starmap on graph paper. Don't let the abbreviations throw you. ALP CMA is Alpha Canis Majoris, which is the official astronomical name of Sirius.

If you need some quick astronomical info about stars in general, check out the SCI.ASTRO Faq. Lots of answers to your frequently asked questions.

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