Spend A Relaxing Evening Star Gazing 

Star gazing a simple, relaxing, enjoyable hobby. Being a stargazer requires no special knowledge and no equipment. It's totally free at its most basic.

Just Look Up!

Any clear night will afford you the opportunity to enjoy the stars.

And that's what you're doing...star gazing, enjoying the stars.

Sure there are planets, satellites(natural(moons) and man-made), comets and a lot of other things, but what you see the most of are stars.

More than can ever be counted. As the saying goes “there are more stars than grains of sand on all the beaches in the world.”

NEAR AND FAR...

Some are close, well close is a relative term...the closest is 93 million miles away, it's also the most important.

I'm talking about the Sun of course. Yes the Sun is a star just like the ones at night it's just so much closer.

The other stars are so far away that they only appear as a point of light.

One of these is Alpha Centauri. Found quite often in sci-fi stories and movies, this triple-star system is located in the constellation Centaurus.

Or the night's brightest star Sirius, located a mere 8.6 light-years away.  Incidentally a light-year is about 6 Trillion(6,000,000,000,000) miles.


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DIFFERENCES

These flaming balls of gases come in different sizes, colors, and types. They travel in pairs and groups and even in clusters.

These suns burn out and even explode and implode.

As you read this new ones are being born and old ones are dying.

NIGHT SKY

For the backyard stargazer the constellations are the pinnacle of star usage.

The Big Dipper, the Little Dipper- with its direction guiding star, Polaris, and my favorite Orion the Hunter just to name three of the 88.

Finding and identifying the patterns, just relaxing under the stars. An enjoyable time for the whole family.

But you can venture further with a pair of binoculars or a telescope. See the multiple star systems, and binary pairs. Look deep into the galaxy and check out nebulae and star clusters. Just remember that it isn't necessary to use binoculars or a telescope to enjoy the night sky.

With practice and some time spent looking you can pick out the planets from the stars, and even see meteors streaking across the sky.

So get out and do some star gazing, you never know what else you're going to see, but you will see an endless amount of stars.

NOTE

To my visitors I just want to let you know that this is a site about star gazing, not astronomy.

The difference to me is in the science. I am a fan of science and astronomy but this is for the simplicity of stargazing.

My main interest is in getting newcomers and beginners into the hobby. When a child is learning how to spot the “Big Dipper” they(generally) aren't worried about the make-up of the stars involved so I try to keep the technical aspects to a minimum and focus on what the average backyard stargazer can see and might find interesting.

There are better sites that will give you the astronomer aspect.

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