Every good observer of stars must always be prepared to enjoy the sky at any time and place. Whether in a privileged environment, with a good starry heritage or in a big city, where the stars are reluctant to be seen, observing the night sky brings inspiration, peace and emotions in equal measure.
It is not necessary to be an astronomer or invest large sums of money to appreciate the beauty of a starry sky or to learn to observe the stars. Luckily, it is a fascinating activity that is available to everyone.
The landscapes of a star-studded sky are accessible to the naked eye. In fact, although many instruments ranging from binoculars to telescopes can be used, the vastness of the sky has many surprises in store for us just by looking up: meteor showers or shooting stars, the Moon and other visible planets or constellations.
Although interesting observations can be made on a clear night, it would be good if you had your own instruments to enjoy the experience more and better. You can use binoculars or a small telescope with which to see much further.
We can make one ourselves or purchase it. If we dare to do a bit of DIY, we will need a large convex lens (magnifying glass), a small concave lens (glasses), two cardboard or plastic tubes and plasticine to fit the lenses well. Basically, we will put a lens on each end of the tube and we will fit the tubes so that they can slide.
It is also essential to learn the constellations and apply your knowledge by practicing every night looking at the ever-changing sky. And don’t forget to be warm in winter.
As you cannot always choose the ideal place, that is, away from the city, with clear skies and with an atmosphere as pure as possible, just try not to disturb the public lighting or the lighting in your house too much. Although it won’t be the same, it will always be satisfying to look up there.
If you like shooting stars, every night you could see one every ten minutes. But what about the famous Meteor Showers? For that you will have to wait for Earth to pass through a cloud of dust left by a comet, because only then will you see them more often.
In August you will have a great opportunity to enjoy them thanks to the phenomenon known as “The Perseids”. It occurs when one of the comets in the constellation of Perseus approaches the sun and gives off luminescent particles to which, according to tradition, we can ask our wishes.