Hubble Star Cards


11.24.2012 — Hub­ble Star Cards are now avail­able for pur­chase at Using coupon code UNIVERSE will get you 15% off of the retail price.

IGES/NASA Hubble Gold Star WinnerThe Hub­ble Star Card play­ing card game pro­vides teach­ers and stu­dents a fun and excit­ing way to explore the uni­verse using imagery from the orbit­ing tele­scope. The images on the cards moti­vate and engage stu­dents to read while devel­op­ing strate­gies in learn­ing about objects in space.

The game set includes 60 cards cat­e­go­rized by plan­ets, plan­e­tary neb­u­lae, super­nova rem­nants, neb­u­lae, star clus­ters and galax­ies. The cards include an image, a basic descrip­tion, a key to the type of object, loca­tion in the sky, con­stel­la­tion, and dis­tance from Earth.

IGES/NASA Hubble Top Star WinnerFif­teen PDF files con­tain the play­ing cards them­selves, four to a page. A main card set con­tains four cards that explain the cards, the objects and includes some basic games to play. If you would like to print double-sided, an attrac­tive back is available.

You may down­load each card set for a com­plete play­ing deck.

Card Descriptions/Playing Instruc­tions: PDF 1.1MB
Card Back: PDF 3.8 MB

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Card Set 1: PDF 1.6MB
Card Set 2: PDF 2.4MB
Card Set 3: PDF 2.2MB
Card Set 4: PDF 3 MB
Card Set 5: PDF 2.6MB
Card Set 6: PDF 3.1 MB
Card Set 7: PDF 3.3 MB
Card Set 8: PDF 2.5 MB
Card Set 9: PDF 2.6MB
Card Set 10: PDF 3.2 MB
Card Set 11: PDF 1.4 MB
Card Set 12: PDF 1.1 MB
Card Set 13: PDF 2.8 MB
Card Set 14: PDF 3.1 MB
Card Set 15: PDF 4.0 MB[/pwal]

Pos­si­ble games include War, Go Fish, Sort­ing, Dis­tances, and Match­ing. These games are just the begin­ning. We encour­age teach­ers and stu­dents to develop their own games to make learn­ing about space flex­i­ble and exciting.

Objects in space have vary­ing sizes rang­ing from plan­ets all the way to galax­ies. Play­ers shuffle the cards and divide up the cards evenly. With­out look­ing at cards, a player draws a card from the top of their stack and places it in the cen­ter. Using the cat­e­gories of size out­lined in Guide to Objects Card, play­ers gain more cards if their card is “bigger” than their oppo­nents. For instance, player 1 places a star clus­ter card, while player 2 places a plan­e­tary neb­u­lae card. Player 1 would win the round because star clus­ters are larger than plan­e­tary nebulae.

Go Fish
Play­ers shuffle the cards and hand out 5 cards to each player. The remain­ing cards are placed face down in the cen­ter. Play­ers take turns ask­ing other spe­cific play­ers if they have a spe­cific cat­e­gory. If play­ers do not have any cards of that cat­e­gory, they say ‘Go Fish. The asker then takes a card from the top of the stack. If the asked player has a card match­ing the cat­e­gory, the card is handed over to the asker.

Play­ers can arrange cards by cat­e­gory or by constellation.

Play­ers can order cards based on dis­tance from Earth.

By com­bin­ing two decks, play­ers can play a mem­ory game. Place all cards face down in rows. One player turns over two cards. If the cards do not match, the cards are turned back over. If the cards match, player keeps the pair. Game play con­tin­ues until all pairs have been matched.

The exam­ples given are just a few of the games we enjoy play­ing with this deck. Many more games are pos­si­ble. Let us know how you play the game by leav­ing a com­ment below. Also, if you have any ques­tions about the cards or sub­ject mat­ter, please feel free to leave a com­ment or con­tact me at john[at]


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