Night Sky Tourist Blog

Lunar vs. Solar Calendars

Lunar vs. Solar Calendars

Time tracking and calendar making are so fascinating to me because of the skywatching skill required for our ancient ancestors to do these activities. I have a whole spool of questions I like to unwind occasionally. Do we share the same basic concepts of time as they...

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Winter Stargazing Guide

Winter Stargazing Guide

Winter stargazing offers some of the best starry nights of the entire year. The cold weather often deters people from stargazing, but it’s worth the effort to bundle up, pour a hot drink, and grab a blanket to make it more comfortable and enjoyable.    To help...

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20 Night Sky Books for Children

20 Night Sky Books for Children

I reserve a special spot on my bookshelf for night sky-themed books for children. Children gravitate to things that tickle their imagination and open their hearts and minds to the world around them, and the cosmos easily does both.    I love gifting beautiful...

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Spooky Things in the Night Sky

Spooky Things in the Night Sky

If you like the spooky Halloween season, how about having some spooky fun with the night sky? Space is filled with weird stuff that can make your spine tingle and your arm hairs stand up.    NAKED EYE    Auroras The Northern and Southern Lights, also known...

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Fall Stargazing Guide

Fall Stargazing Guide

Fall stargazing is really special. Nobody wants summer to end, but when it does, and the temperatures cool, it seems we all breathe a collective sigh of relief as the frenzy of summer slows down. We settle into this little moment of quietness before the holiday season...

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Non-Starry Objects in the Night Sky

Non-Starry Objects in the Night Sky

I was recently hired to give a stargazing and telescope experience at a private dinner party, and the group became fascinated with non-starry objects in the sky. There are so many interesting things to see besides stars, but most people don’t know the difference...

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Build a Backyard Compass

Build a Backyard Compass

For thousands of years, people around the world have tracked the sun and created ways of marking the solstices and equinoxes in stone. Literally. Stonehenge, Chaco Canyon, Chichen Itza, and many places like them around the world contain man-made structures and natural...

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2023

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2023

Give Mom the gift of the night sky this year. SOLAR SYSTEM BRACELET A celestial link bracelet that celebrates our Solar System. A beautiful antique silver or antique bronze tone bracelet featuring the planets. CLICK HERE ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY A beautiful piece of...

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Valentine’s Day Stargazing Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day Stargazing Gift Guide

Romantics have turned to stargazing for over a thousand years. Shakespeare is credited with 128 references to the stars. Our language is filled with themes of the stars: I love you to the stars and beyond. I love you to the moon and back. They are star-crossed lovers....

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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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