Lately I have been spending more time looking at the stars. I have made it more of a regular activity to go outside and try making my way through the galaxy. This activity helps clear my head, making my thoughts more vivid and certain. I think everyone should at least try this.
After I made stargazing more of a regular activity in my life, I started memorizing constellations. I wanted to know how people used to map their way with the stars. Trying to find constellations is so much harder than I thought. In some ways, it is like a puzzle. Finding how to put together the "sky puzzle" can be entertaining. Yesterday I actually found the Leo constellation, which has been toying with me for awhile now. Finding constellations not only makes you feel great satisfaction, but also can be a valuable skill.
I hardly ever hear people discuss stargazing these days. This activity is extremely relaxing, and it is such a great way to build an independent train of thought. I wonder why it is not discussed much anymore. Is stargazing relevant to people anymore?
Here are some tips:
Look at a light pollution map and go to the darkest place near you.
Bring snacks, drinks, and blankets.
Get a good playlist set up for your nighttime adventure.
Bring your hiking boots, just in case you see somewhere to explore.
Grab a notepad and pen. You'll want it to write down ideas.
If you like drawing, do not forget your sketchbook.
Bring a compass with you.
Look up constellations and start memorizing them.
Minimize as much light you put off as possible (turn off your car).
Bring a friend, one who has an open mind and is ready to question things.
I think we should work on making stargazing a regular activity.
Taking time to stare at the stars,
realizing how small you actually are.