- Step 1: Check the weather report Check the weather reports online, in the newspaper, or on the television to see if it is a clear night.
- TIP: Find out how bright the moon is going to be. A bright moon makes spotting constellations more difficult.
- Step 2: Stay away from lights and buildings Stay away from house lights, streetlights, and buildings that can block or disrupt your view.
- Step 3: Be comfortable Sit on a lawn chair or lay on a blanket so you can be comfortable while stargazing.
- Step 4: Adjust to the dark Allow your eyes to adjust to the dark. This can take 30 to 45 minutes.
- Step 5: Bring a star chart Bring a star chart or star map to help you identify constellations. Use a flashlight to read the map.
- TIP: Modify the flashlight so that it has a red light, which will allow you to see the map without disrupting your night vision.
- Step 6: Use a telescope or binoculars Use a telescope or binoculars to help you see the stars, planets, and craters on the moon. For beginners, 7 by 50 binoculars are recommended. With the constellations as your guide, you're sure to enjoy many peaceful, clear nights.
- FACT: Hydra, named for the water monster from Greek mythology, is the largest constellation in the sky.
You Will Need
- Internet access
- Lawn chair
- Star chart
- Telescope or binoculars