You don’t have to be an astronomer to enjoy looking up at the night sky. While it might be a lot more fun with a massive telescope, you really don’t need anything at all but your eyes.
Those who know me, know that I love taking my telescope or binoculars out on a clear night to look at the sky. My telescope is a Celestron 70 mm Travel Scope. It cost $70 with the tripod included and an eyepiece. My binoculars are made by Canon that I bought for $30. Both do an awesome job helping me see the sky a little bit larger.
Truthfully, it’s the nights where I just go outside to simply look up when I have the best time. I feel like looking up at the sky is a type of meditation. It’s so peaceful and relaxing. Letting my mind wander is something I look forward to every clear night.
I know that not everybody is interested in the sky. I know that some people don’t really care about the stars and the planets. But for those that do, or for those that look up on a clear night, I wanted to share with you what you’ll be looking at.
In the northern hemisphere for the next few days you will see:
Around 8:00 P.M – the moon (E/SE), Sirius (S), Capella (W), Betelgeuse (SW), and Rigel (SW).
I think we all know what the moon looks like.
Sirius is going to be the brightest star in the sky. It looks like a bright white dot.
Capella is one of the largest looking stars we can see and it looks like a yellow dot.
Betelgeuse has an orange tint to it and it will be above the star Rigel. Betelgeuse is actually one of the largest stars in the sky (650 times larger than the sun’s diameter.
Rigel is another bright white star.
Most of us can see Orion’s belt pretty well. It’s the 3 stars that align from bottom left to top right in the southwest portion of the sky. Rigel and Betelgeuse are part of the Orion constellation. If you look to the west of Betelgeuse you can also see another huge star called Aldebaran. Larger than Rigel, but smaller than Betelgeuse.
If you’re just beginning, try finding these stars in the sky. I started by downloading the app Sky Portal by Celestron to help make things a bit easier. I’d love to know how this goes for you. Send in a comment if you see any part of the sky that you love looking up to.
Till next time,