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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2022

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2022

Give your mom the gift of the night sky this Mother's Day. And before you think of what you can buy her, think about where you can take her to enjoy an evening of stargazing. Observatories and planetariums offer great experiences, too. But if you're looking for a gift...

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Why Earth Wobbles with a Drunken Stagger

Why Earth Wobbles with a Drunken Stagger

The story of Polaris, the North Star, is far more fascinating than you might suspect. You may think of it as the star in the Northern Hemisphere that doesn't move at night and the star that guides travelers and orients us on our landscape. Those are valid assumptions...

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4 Etiquette Tips for Superb Stargazing

4 Etiquette Tips for Superb Stargazing

You know what it’s like to show up to a new kind of event and not know what to expect or what the “rules” are. You’re planning to enter a dance studio for the very first time. Will you have to remove your shoes? You’re visiting a public sauna for the first time. Are...

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5 Inexpensive Tools for Better Stargazing

5 Inexpensive Tools for Better Stargazing

Stargazing is a free experience for any person who can look up and see the sky. You can take a quick glance at the stars before you get in your car to drive home in the evening. Catch a glimpse when you let your dogs out at night. Or take in a wide span of starlight...

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Have You Seen the Beautiful Belt of Venus?

Have You Seen the Beautiful Belt of Venus?

I'm sure I saw the Belt of Venus numerous times throughout my life. But not only did I not notice it, but I also wouldn't have known what I was looking at if I had. Once I learned what it was, it became my favorite part of sunsets and sunrises. Don't get me wrong! I...

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Casadastraphobia and Other Fears of the Dark

Casadastraphobia and Other Fears of the Dark

I’ll never forget Lesa’s confession of her biggest phobia. I was teaching naked-eye astronomy to a group of about twenty homeschooled students. Several parents chose to take the class with their kids so they could share stargazing experiences as a family. Lesa had...

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Arizona’s Dark Sky Corridor

Arizona’s Dark Sky Corridor

If you want to plan a road trip filled with tremendous dark skies and great activities along the way, you should put Arizona on your travel list. While large areas of the state have spectacular dark skies, there is a corridor that runs right down the state’s center...

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Fall in Love with Cold-Weather Stargazing

Fall in Love with Cold-Weather Stargazing

The perfect time of year for stargazing depends entirely on your location. For those in the northern regions, summer is a great time, even though you have to stay up later to wait for the sky to grow dark. Fall and spring are the best times for those in the southwest...

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7 Autumn Constellations You Should Know

7 Autumn Constellations You Should Know

The best way to learn the constellations is to learn a few at a time each season. Once you identify these seven, you’ll easily spot them again next summer, and then you can add a few more each year. Make time to do some stargazing at least a couple of times a week....

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Spend this Labor Day under the Stars

Spend this Labor Day under the Stars

It is a great year to take advantage of the recommendations to stay home over the Labor Day weekend by spending it under the stars. The early evening sky will be moonless, providing ideal stargazing conditions. You don't even need a telescope to enjoy it....

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September New Moon 2021

September New Moon 2021

September 8 marks the next New Moon of 2021. Night Sky Tourist has claimed 2021 as our Year of the Moon, and we plan to learn all about our nearest celestial neighbor. Here are the Moon phases for September: September 6: New Moon September 13: First Quarter September...

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August New Moon 2021

August New Moon 2021

August 8 marks the next New Moon of 2021. Night Sky Tourist has claimed 2021 as our Year of the Moon, and we plan to learn all about our nearest celestial neighbor. Here are the Moon phases for August: August 8: New Moon August 15: First Quarter August 22: Full Moon...

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10 Things to Know about Night Sky Tourist

10 Things to Know about Night Sky Tourist

ONE We love astronomy, but this is not the primary topic of this website. You will indeed find plenty of articles about astronomy-related topics, but the focus here is on experiencing the night sky. Those experiences may be in your backyard, at an observatory or...

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Syncing with Earth’s Rhythms Part 1: Day and Night

Syncing with Earth’s Rhythms Part 1: Day and Night

In this three-part series, we dive into Earth’s various rhythms and how they impact our lives. Most people live busy, always-on lives with habits that disconnect them from those rhythms. That disconnect impacts our health and well-being in numerous ways. Sunrise....

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July 2021 New Moon

July 2021 New Moon

July 9 marks the next New Moon of 2021. Night Sky Tourist has claimed 2021 as our Year of the Moon and we plan to learn all about our nearest celestial neighbor. Here are the Moon phases for July: July 1: Third Quarter July 9: New Moon July 17: First Quarter July 23:...

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7 Constellations You Should Learn this Summer

7 Constellations You Should Learn this Summer

The best way to learn the constellations is to learn a few at a time each season. Once you identify these seven, you’ll easily spot them again next summer and then you can add a few more each year. Make time to do some stargazing at least a couple of times a week. Try...

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Nighttime Pollinators and Light Pollution

Nighttime Pollinators and Light Pollution

I am working on my certification as a Master Gardener with the University of Arizona Master Gardener Program. I was asked to contribute an article for their monthly Roots & Shoots magazine, so I decided to combine my gardening hobby with my love for the night sky....

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June 2021 New Moon

June 2021 New Moon

June 10 marks the next New Moon of 2021. Night Sky Tourist has claimed 2021 as our Year of the Moon and we plan to learn all about our nearest celestial neighbor. Here are the Moon phases for June: June 2: Third Quarter June 10: New Moon June 17: First Quarter June...

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