If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently…” – Calvin (Calvin & Hobbes)
What to Look for
Wherever you are, you have a piece of the sky. Obviously, while no instructions are required to look up at the stars, it’s fun to have something to look for. Especially on date night, right? Give one of these a try:
Shooting Stars – Plan ahead to catch a meteor shower. The Perseid meteor shower is coming up next, peaking on 8/12/17 with 2-3 meteors per minute. That makes for lots of wishes! Visit here for some tips and tricks for making the most of a meteor shower.
North Star – Do you know how to find it? It’s not hard and once you know you’ll never really be lost again. Learn how here.
International Space Station – It orbits the earth every 90 minutes and it’s visible from terra firma at night. Find out what time (to the minute!) its passing over you at spotthestation.nasa.gov. Plus you can find out which crew are currently on board so you can wave (more specifically) at them.
Canopy of Stars – Not an astronomy genius? That’s okay. My favorite free app is Starwalk 2 (iOS or Android). It lets you point your phone anywhere in the sky and shows you exactly what constellations and planets are overhead. Find your favorite constellations.
Flight Paths – SO, if you live in a city of blinding lights like I do, and you can’t see a star no matter how hard you squint, all is not lost! You can pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars. Figure out where the planes above are coming from or going to with apps like Planes Live (iOS) and Flight Aware (in browser) and let your imagination hop on whichever plane is destined for the place you want to go.
It doesn’t have to be fancy, but star watching is always at its best with snacks!
One quick and simple idea is to make a twist on an old classic. Here’s a few Chex Mix upgrades from the Kitchn.com that might strike your fancy:
Try one, or try them all, and happy star gazing!
Ilustration: Annie Liao
Photo Steve Johnson
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