Often it is so easy to get caught up in our crazy busy schedules and forget to look away from our phones and into the world around us. One way to do so is by stargazing. There is a myriad of events that astronomers post multiple times throughout the year which give people an opportunity to unplug and reconnect with the world around them, and the universe in which they are a part of. One event in particular, the Perseid Meteor Shower, is one of the best ways to see meteors streaking across the sky and can be cool for family members of all ages. The best times/dates to see the shower will be the nights of August 12th – August 13th with a peak time of 9pm on August 12th. The shower produces around 50-100 meteors an hour, but they are not always visible to the naked eye, so it’s best to find a dark area where the sky won’t be obstructed by artificial light.
#StarGazingHack 1: Best to view stars in a rural or mountainous environment with as little urban light interference
#StarGazingHack 2: Astronomers recommend to put aside telescopes and stargazing the old fashion way, with the naked eye.
(Hullinger, J. (2016, January 22.) https://www.mentalfloss.com/)
#StarGazingHack 3: Here are some stargazing events of 2021-
1) August 19: Jupiter opposition
2) October 7: Draconids Meteor Shower
3) December 4: Total Solar Eclipse
You can find more events at: (http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2021.html)
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