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Holiday Gift Giving Guide for Stargazers

Holiday Gift Giving Guide for Stargazers

Give your friends and family the gift of the night sky this holiday season. Give them a reason to put down their devices and connect with nature.   TACTICAL GREEN LASER POINTER It’s a pretty cool gadget for any stargazer. The powerful laser beam helps you point...

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What the Heck is a Blood Moon?

What the Heck is a Blood Moon?

When a Full Moon travels completely into Earth's shadow, we get a total lunar eclipse. Astronomers call it a Blood Moon. It may sound creepy, but it will be beautiful! WHAT IS A BLOOD MOON? What makes it a Blood Moon? On that night, there will also be a total lunar...

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Surprising Night Sky Experiences in Phoenix

Surprising Night Sky Experiences in Phoenix

Phoenix might not be a place that pops into your head when you’re thinking about night sky experiences. But it should.    It’s true that you shouldn't expect to see a star-filled night sky in Phoenix. The vast number of lights and careless lighting practices by...

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4 Sources of Campground Light Pollution

4 Sources of Campground Light Pollution

One of the great benefits of camping is taking a break from all the bright lights at night. We usually seek out a place that’s far from town, which also means less light pollution and more starlight. Putting distance between us and glaring lights is one of the...

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Melatonin and Sleep: Too Little and Too Much Light

Melatonin and Sleep: Too Little and Too Much Light

In the Arizona desert, the doves are the first to announce that night is coming to an end. I heard them this morning while the sky was still dark, and it made me wonder if this sound triggers the onset of cortisol that is supposed to wake me up each morning. Our...

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7 Tips for Stargazing with Grandparents

7 Tips for Stargazing with Grandparents

Not many people have the privilege of growing up with great-grandparents in their lives as I did. I had four of them living nearby until the end of my teen years, plus my grandparents. My Grandma Joyce stayed with me until I was 40 and loved my kids into their teen...

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Father’s Day Gift Guide 2022

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2022

Give dad the gift of the night sky this Father’s Day. And before you think of what you can buy him, think about where you can take him to enjoy an evening of stargazing. Observatories and planetariums offer great experiences, too. But if you’re looking for a gift that...

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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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