night sky

 

Stargazing with kids is a fun way to enjoy the night sky and nurture your kids' love for science. Of course, half the fun of stargazing is watching your kids delight at the world around them.

But before you can start identifying constellations and planets, you'll have to find a good spot. And in stargazing, that means a dark sky. You’ll always see more if you can get away from light pollution which can be caused by anything from street lights to your neighbor's porch light. If you live near a huge state or a national park, you're in luck as these have less light pollution caused by artificial lighting.

Once you find your spot, it's time to look up! Of course, you can bring along some helpful items like a kid-sized telescope, a Star Wheel, snacks, pillows and blankets. If you don't know the "landscape" of the night sky yourself, print a map of the constellations in your location or visit Sky Map Online to get a stars map of your area. And Sky & Telescope also has a few family-friendly projects for you to try.