Follow our top tips below to make the most of stargazing.
- Stargazing is best done before the moon is full, so check the phase of the moon before you start.
- Turn off all the lights in the campsite and buildings to reduce light pollution.
- The night sky is constantly changing, depending on the time of year and the time of night. Try stargazing at different times in the year to spot seasonal constellations.
- You could download an app like Star Walk (iPhone) or Google Sky (android) to your mobile device, and they will tell you what stars you can see from your current location.
What you’ll need
- A blanket or camping mat to lie on.
- Food, drink and warm clothes to keep everyone happy and warm as you wait for the stars to come out. Hot chocolate afterwards is always good!
- A star spotter guide and a compass to help you find a particular constellation or star.
- Your camera to capture the wonder of the stars!
What to look out for
- This is our nearest star, and if you hollowed out the Sun you could fit nearly one million Earths inside it. But never look directly at the sun through a camera, telescope or binoculars. You will damage your eyes, and may even suffer permanent blindness if you do. You can make a simple pinhole viewer to project the image of the sun.
- All of the world’s oceans are controlled by the moon, it is the reason we have high and low tides. Only 12 people have ever set foot on the moon but because there is no wind, if you visited it today you would still see their footprints.
- The moon isn’t a perfect sphere, it’s got craters and bumpy edges.
- When you see the stars you are looking into the past. Because light takes time to travel and stars are many light years away from us you could be seeing a star that doesn’t even exist anymore.