Under the Stars
One of my favorite pastimes is gazing up at the night sky. It’s amazing how many stars are visible once you escape the city lights. Even without a telescope, you can see thousands of stars. Depending on the time of day and year, and your location, you might be able to view planets, orbiting satellites, meteor showers or even the Milky Way galaxy. Find out what to expect in tonight’s sky at StarDate Online, stardate.org/nightsky.
Using a star map can help you locate constellations, and if you have a smartphone you can download free apps for stargazing. Google Sky Map is available for Android, and it uses your phone’s GPS and internal compass to display a map of the sky. Hold your phone up to the sky, and you’ll be able to see the constellations, planets and individual stars labeled. There are also astronomy apps for iPhone, such as Planets and SkyORB.
If it’s too cloudy or hazy out to stargaze, you can explore the stars at home with Google Sky, google.com/sky. Have a stellar time!
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