The oh so fabulous night sky!

Have you ever taken a moment to look at the night sky? When I was traveling through the national parks in U.S this summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to stargaze and learn a little more about the universe that we are a part of. National Park Service and the rangers (of particular mention, the Bryce Canyon NP) does a commendable job in not just protecting the geological wonders, but also raising awareness about the light pollution that affects the visibility of the sky. If you happen to live in a small town or a country side village, you are blessed with marvellous night skies unlike those who live in cities. On a clear night, you could easily spot the milky way galaxy, orbiting satellites and with some help, constellations and planets.

Looking at ‘Saturn’ through a telescope at Bryce Canyon NP was amazing and so was a comet shower. To start with, if you want to spot  the International Space Station (ISS) from anywhere on earth, follow this link to NASA site.

http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/#.Up0GSZFaFiA

NASA’s skywatch application is also a great site if you want to spot satellites. If I have managed to intrigue you enough, open your window and take a peek into the sky. Do you see stars? Don’t stop there. Set a date night with the dark skies and all you need is a good pair of binoculars.

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In this stunning picture, the photographer captures the milky way galaxy over Bryce Canyon National park.

Like stargazing? Post a comment to share your thoughts.

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Posted on December 2, 2013, in Science and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I remember my friend took me on a night drive out of town into this farmland area. It was so gorgeous! I could see so many clusters of stars. It kinda took my breath away.

  2. One great place I visited for star-gazing was a small island in the Inner Hebrides, with no street lights, rarely any traffic, no phonebooths or police! I stayed there with a friend for two months, and it’s absolutely unforgettable – but I’d never seen so many stars in all my life. There aren’t many pictures available sadly, but you can also see the Northern Lights some nights as well!

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