Hubble Star Cards


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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
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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]