Exploring Night Skies - Where to Stargaze
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A whole new world comes alive at night and is waiting to be explored. When you head out at night to stargaze, take your family or friends with you, be prepared for a cool night, and let your eyes adjust to the wonder above. Below are some recommendations from our friends at the National Park Service to make your experience memorable and #BringHomeaStory!
Where to Stargaze
In Your Backyard
Acadia National Park, Maine (Paul Rutherford, Share the Experience)
- Sleep in your backyard on a starlit night. Watch the stars and planets move across the night sky.
- Make a red flashlight. Use red paper or cellophane to cover a white flashlight. This will help you navigate at night without compromising your night vision!
- Can you see the stars as well in your backyard with the porch light on? Try different light bulbs, even different light fixtures, so that you can see the stars better. Warm, amber colors are soft on the eyes.
Around Your Town
- From an open field or park, find the Big Dipper. The last two stars in the cup of the Big Dipper point to the North Star, which is just a bit dimmer than the individual stars in the Big Dipper.
- Attend your local astronomy club's next public "star party." There you can find amateur astronomers sharing views through their telescopes.
- Next time you are riding in a car, look closely at the outdoor lights. Do some shine in your eyes more than others? Can you find a light that only shines downward?
In the Wilderness
Big Cypress National Reserve, Florida
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Big Bend National Park, Texas (Matthew Woodworth, Share the Experience)
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