You’re about to fall in love with the dark.
Although my kids didn’t grow up where they could see the Milky Way, I wanted them to learn their way around the night sky. I gathered twenty students in the community for naked-eye stargazing and astronomy classes and taught the constellations, the motions of the celestial bodies, and the phases of the moon. We created sundials and backyard compasses, sketched the night sky, and learned how to use a planisphere, or star wheel, to identify the constellations.
When guests came to my house to visit, we’d end the evening with stargazing. I’d set up my telescope and aim my green laser pointer at objects in the sky. I’ll always remember the gasps of amazement when people saw the rings of Saturn with their own eyes for the first time. Or the child-like wonder that came over them as I recounted ancient star stories about Pleiades, Orion, and Sagittarius. One woman cried when she saw our moon through a telescope for the first time.
A friend revealed to me that she had a lifelong fear of looking up at the sky, which I later learned is called casadastraphobia. But she wanted to experience stargazing with her kids who were taking my class. So she forced herself to learn the constellations and track the phases of the moon with her kids. By the end of the year, she had fallen in love with the dark and bonded with her kids in a new way.
All of those experiences of growing up with the Milky Way, exposure to light pollution, and helping others discover the night sky led to my involvement in dark sky preservation.
Most of the people I talk to feel disconnected from the night sky and have never had a meaningful experience with it. That’s why I started Night Sky Tourist.
In 2020, I launched the Night Sky Tourist podcast. It has been a smashing success from day one. I’ve had the great pleasure of chatting with some remarkable guests such as:
Dr. Anthony Aveni
Which brings me to you!
My aim is to inspire you, educate you, and connect you with the night sky. Whether it’s through blog articles, the podcast, my fun newsletters, or anything else I might offer, I’m in this to cause you to fall in love with the dark. I invite you to download my free 2024 Stargazing Guide. This month-by-month guide will help you locate major constellations, identify planets, know when to see a meteor shower, and track the monthly moon phases.
One of the ways you can do that is to download my free 2024 Stargazing Guide. This month-by-month guide will help you locate the major constellations that are visible, identify planets, know when to get outside for a meteor shower, and track the monthly moon phases.
Thank you for taking the time to visit. I’m thrilled that we have connected and excited for the journey ahead with you.