Summer nights are a wonderful time to get outside. In the Nature Connection’s , we’ve learned about mammals that become active at night and discussed the symphony of noises we can hear when it gets dark, but while you are out observing bullfrogs, chorus frogs and treefrogs, you should also be looking up.
Did you know the summer night sky is different from the winter sky? Some constellations can be seen year-round, but others are seasonal and can only be seen for part of the year. There are 88 constellations that make up the entire sky surrounding our globe, often named after mythological creatures or people. Many constellations have been described for thousands of years, as they were used to help navigate at night and to herald in the seasons. There’s so much to see and learn in our night sky and the darker it gets, the more there is to see! Stargazing can be a rewarding experience for all ages, so here are some basics to get you started:
- To make stargazing more enjoyable for the whole family take a blanket and some bug spray and make yourself comfortable
- Find a dark place away from lights and give your eyes time to adjust to low light- that means no phones
- If you are stargazing in your own yard, turn off any lights that reach you and, if possible, try to physically block your view of any nearby lights you can’t turn off