Inspiring a Love of Space with a Closer Look at the Sky
Looking up into the night sky inspires curiosity at every age and there are many opportunities to turn the spirit of inquiry into learning. Modern tools make it easier than ever for beginners to develop an appreciation of astronomy. Here are five ways to become knowledgeable about constellations, stars, and planets.
Wondering where to find a planet in the night sky?
Google Earth has allowed us to orbit the world in 3D, but it can also be useful in helping to locate stars, gaze at the Moon, and figure out where to look for a planet in the night?s sky. Type the name of the planet in the Google Sky search box to be taken to where it can be found in the sky. You can also use the Our Solar System icon and click on the thumbnail images of solar system objects to be taken to its current location in the sky.
Curious about the stars overhead?
The easy to use free Star Chart app for iOS and Android devices puts a virtual planetarium in the palm of your hand by pointing your smartphone at the sky. Hold your phone at any angle and the app will work with your device?s GPS technology, to determine what you?re seeing at night and in broad daylight. Voice controls also make this app fun for kids to use.
Want a closer look at the night sky?
Seeing the night sky with your naked eye is awe inspiring but it becomes more phenomenal when looking through a telescope. A great first telescope is one that?s easy to use right out of the box, and if you?re purchasing one for a small star gazer, make sure that it is compact enough to fit easily in their hands.
Looking to learn more about the sky during daylight hours?
Local planetariums are a great resource for star gazing during the day. Knowledgeable staff can answer your questions about the cosmos to further your knowledge of astronomy.
Looking for answers?
Space is infinite, and there are many unknown things about our universe and beyond, but there are plenty of opportunities to learn something new. Seek answers online, through resources available from your local library, or visit a nearby science museum to continue to grow as a life-long learner.
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