Go stargazing

  1. Go stargazing  

Start on a night with a new moon (no moon) and a cloudless sky. Add reclining lawn chairs or cots, blankets, and fellow adventurers. Travel as far as you can from artificial light as and you have the perfect makings of a night of star gazing! Can you find the Big Dipper? Do you know that Native Americans call it the Big Bear, and there is a wonderful story about it? Some nights are better than others for finding meteor showers, but any clear night is a good night for identifying stars and constellations!

Internet links to help you:

Great site to find what to see in tonight’s sky

Excellent tips and activities for kids


They Dance in the Sky: Native American Star Myths by Ray A Williamson (Author), Jean Guard Monroe   (Author), Edgar Stewart (Illustrator)

The Earth under Sky Bear’s Feet by Joseph Bruchac   (Author)

Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky: The Story of the Stars, Planets, and Constellations–and How You Can Find Them in the Sky by Michael Driscoll (Author), Meredith Hamilton (Author)

Zoo in the Sky:  A Book of Animal Constellations by Jacqueline Mitton

Our Stars by Anne Rockwell

The Kids’ Guide to the Constellations by Christopher Forest

Meteor Showers by J. A. Kelley