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Enjoying the Night sky
Summer is winding down, kids are going back to school, and the weather is SLOWLY beginning to cool off and start to feel like fall. Its September folks! But, that doesn’t mean that you have to pack up the camping gear just yet. This is the perfect time of year to set out on the weekends and relax under the stars after a long, stressful week of work and school. What better way to do that than to light a fire and gaze up at the stars. Have you ever wondered though, what exactly you are looking at? Here are a few stargazing tips so you can start appreciating and enjoying the night sky.
September is the perfect month for stargazing for multiple reasons. One, the weather is starting to cool off and you can spend hours sitting under the stars and be comfortable at night. And two, September is an active month for stargazing. On Sept 4th, the last quarter moon for the year can be seen across the northern hemisphere. Mid September is also a chance for you to witness a lunar eclipse which is where the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow and appears to “disappear” for a short period of time.
The best conditions for stargazing are getting to a dark area, away from the bright lights of big cities and towns. State parks and campgrounds usually offer the best atmosphere’s for gazing at the night sky because of their locations. You can also try to find a spot high up on a hill, away from big trees and buildings where your view can be obstructed.
Red lights are best to bring with you instead of flashlights because it makes it easier to read maps and charts. The reason for this is because the human eye is less sensitive to red light. Once your eyes get adjusted to the dark you want to make sure they stay that way for the best viewing. Also, making sure you have the right equipment is important too. Some objects in the night sky can be seen with the naked eye, but equipment such as binoculars and telescopes make it easy to see the far away constellations and planets that you might be searching for. The types of telescopes can vary by size, price, and efficiency so do your research before investing in one. Another option would be to download a stargazing app. We like one called “Skyview” which is an app that uses your phone’s camera to identify what you are looking at in the night sky. You can identify stars, constellations and even passing satellites all with the convenience of your smartphone; and it’s free!
So, what exactly are you to look for? Well, the constellations that are most prominent in September are Capricornus: visible in the early evening in September and October, Cygnus: which is at its brightest between June and October.
Planets to look for include Venus: most visible in the morning sky, also known as the “morning star”. Mars: continues to get brighter as the year progresses. Mercury: visible in the night sky in September and is also the smallest visible planet. There are many more stars, constellations, and planets to observe in the vast expanse of our solar system, this is just naming a few.
Stargazing is a great activity for the whole family and is also a great way to teach kids about our solar system and the objects that inhabit it. Consider it a great way to keep your kids learning on the weekends!
Whether you are heading out on a stargazing trip this weekend or just setting out for one last camping trip, CSRA Camperland has all the RV parts and accessories you’ll need for a safe and fun weekend! We are Augusta’s top Jayco RV dealer and are proud to serve the surrounding Georgia and South Carolina areas. Stop on by for a visit today!