I started stargazing during my first year of uni where the night sky was crisp and clear, as living in London beforehand, I hadn’t been exposed to many stars and had no idea there were so many. At first it was confusing but with the help of some amazing physics students (who knew exactly where everything was) I was able to get on my feet in the world of astronomy.
For anyone who is into art, science, geography or genuinely intrigued by the wonders of the world, star gazing is a great hobby to take up. The feeling you get from being able to see constellations and planets mentioned in great myths & classic literature is truly indescribable and gives you a whole new perspective on the world (and your place in it)… Now that its autumn and the sun sets earlier, stargazing can be done earlier in the evening and is therefore a lot easier. There are tons of constellations, planets and sky activity to see all year round but during autumn, the planets: Venus, Mars and Jupiter can be seen (I thought they’d look exactly the same as in photographs but if you’re using your naked eye to observe they will look like really big bright stars with a possible hint of colour), the constellation of Orion is clear as can be (I was in complete awe during the very early hours of this morning), as well as Taurus, Pegasus… Not to mention galaxies and shooting stars- sounds too good to be true right?
It can be confusing at first but there are some really helpful apps (star tracker and the night sky app) that can help you pinpoint constellations and planets in the night sky using your location. And once you get used to the layout, you could even use a sky map to locate them by yourself! – Tonight, according to skyandtelescope.com, Mars will be visible to the lower left of the moon with an orange glow. Why not give stargazing a try tonight?
Try something new, stay blessed