Top Tips for Stargazing

1. Prepare

A clear and cloudless night is every Stargazer’s dream but that can also mean it gets pretty chilly. Make sure you get cosy with warm blankets, hats, scarves and gloves, just like Robert the Robot. Torches are a great addition to help you get to your stargazing location safely.

TOP TIP: Red filtered torches provide light whilst not spoiling the view. If you haven’t got a fancy one, using a rear red bike light or placing a red sock over a normal torch should do the job.

2. Pick the Right Time

A crisp, clear evening is the best time to go stargazing, so make sure you keep an eye on the weather reports.

TOP TIP: Waiting until 30-45 minutes after sunset before heading outside will increase your chances of seeing the stars.

3. Look Up

Once you’re settled outside, just look up. You can simply enjoy the view or use my mini missions to get your little one talking about the night sky. Doing Robert’s ‘moon’ dance is completely optional!

TOP TIP: Search the skies for bright objects like the Moon or see if you can spot the three stars of Orion’s belt. As your eyes get used to the dark the view should get better and better.

4. Become a Pro

If you’re itching to know more, check out the Sky at Night website for monthly ‘Starguides’. These handy videos will show you what to look out for over the coming nights as well as the best times to see them.

TOP TIP: For a more in depth look, Jodrell Bank have a guide on their website listing all the planets, constellations and moon phases visible where you are.

5. Have Fun!

The most important thing about stargazing is to enjoy it. Whether you’re tracking down Ursa Major the Great Bear or just getting warm and snuggly under the stars, let the night sky inspire you.

TOP TIP: Use your stargazing time to tell stories or sing songs with your little one. If it’s not a clear night, draw pictures of what might be behind the clouds or even try blowing the clouds away!

Robert, Maggie and Chris would love to see pictures of your little ones stargazing for Mission Explore! Click here to find out how to send us a photo. 

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