Stars & Night Sky

This month’s Handbook of Nature Study Outdoor Hour Challenge theme is

Night Sky

Perseid Meteor. Cropped enhanced version. Orig...

Perseid Meteor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although we live in a perfect star-gazing position … high up on a mountain, breathing in crystal-clear air, and surrounded by peace and darkness with no street or city lights, it is winter, and here in the Klein Karoo, South Africa, it rains.

Many of our night-time sessions have been too cloudy and too cold to go outdoors and star-gaze. In fact, we were very disappointed to miss the famous Perseid meteor shower when a cold front rolled in with thick clouds and rain.

Here are some websites on the Perseid meteors: (Links updated)

A planisphere is a simple hand-held device which consists of a circular star chart attached at its center to a circular overlay with a window so that only a portion of a map of stars are visible in the night sky of either the northern or southern hemisphere at any particular time. By rotating the wheel, it shows the rising and setting of the stars through the night, how different constellations relate to one another and are visible at different times of year.

Here are some helpful, free star-gazing tools & links:

Southern Star Wheel

image – Astronomical Society of South Africa 

We look forward to some clear nights soon and we will all bundle up really warmly, snuggle down and star-gaze.

Hope you enjoy the night sky too!

Blessings, Nadene

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  3. There is a free program that is PHENOMENAL that you might want to check out – it’s Stellarium, and you can download it and see the sky as it is above you, with the pictures superimposed over the stars, to help. I use it all the time. And if you get a feel for where things are, now, you’ll be all set for Comet Ison, in November. 🙂


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