Dean Regas, an astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory and host of WVXU's "Looking Up" podcast, published this field guide to stargazing in 2017, and if you donate now during our spring fund drive, you'll receive Regas' book as a gift!
Read an excerpt below, and make a donation today to get your copy of "100 Things To See In The Night Sky."
Warm summer evenings are perfect for lying in the grass and looking up. Most of the brightest stars of the season are high overhead. The temperatures are perfect. And there’s something amazing about that time when the Sun has set and the stars are slowly emerging from the royal blue sky. In this season it really seems that stargazing is a moment to slow down, breathe, think, and prepare.
There are so many stars in the summer sky that they may seem to be alive. Cygnus, the Swan, actually looks like a swan with a long neck, beak, and outstretched, starry wings. The tiny constellation Delphinus, the Dolphin, leaps out of the cosmic ocean, back arched, with the Milky Way sparkling above. Scorpius, the Scorpion, with its red beating heart star, Antares, crawls above the treetops.
Summer is the season to become a stargazer. Whether you’re a kid or an adult, this is the time to lie back in the grass, get out of town, take a vacation to the countryside to experience a truly dark sky, view the stars of summer, and share the universe with those you love.
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