In the Night Sky

Astronomy Manual

Winter is a great time for stargazing, at least when it doesn’t feel like 25 degrees below zero. Why? Well, have you ever looked up at night in winter and the sky seems brighter, the stars easier to see? That’s because it’s colder. Cold air is not as hazy as warm summer air is. To go a bit more scientifically, cold air doesn’t hold as much moisture as warm air does, so we can see more through the dry air. It’s easier to see through a clear piece of saran wrap than through a piece of saran wrap with water drops on it. Read more about the best way to view the sky in winter here.

Before you bundle up, check out one of our books on stargazing or a guide to the night sky. Learn about different types of telescopes, planets, constellations, and other interesting things to look for in the night sky. One of my favorites is Orion, the hunter, which is a great winter constellation to see.

Stargazing Nearest Star The Sun's Heartbeat  The Milky Way
Solar System: Visual Guide Our Sun The Space Book Hubble journey through Space and Time
 Comets  Night Vision  From Here to Infinity  Astronomy for Dummies

 

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