Inspired by BBC’s Stargazing Live, and the possibility of seeing the Aurora Borealis (northern lights) for the first time, Clare and I went out to do a bit of stargazing. Armed with a pair of binoculars and some astronomy apps loaded onto my phone and our tablets we set off into night.
It may be a bit nerdy but we actually had a good time. The trick was finding somewhere away from the streetlights and other light pollution and not picking a spot where we might look in any way suspicious wandering around in the dark. It’s a sad fact where we live that if you spot someone wandering around in the dark trying to avoid lit areas, they’re probably looking to explore something other than the universe. The joys of urban living eh?
Well, we didn’t see the Aurora Borealis but we did get clear skies and managed to identify a few constellations such as Orion, Cassiopeia, Ursa Major and Minor, and Gemini. We also found the Orion Nebula, Polaris, oh and the Moon (that was relatively easy to find to be honest).
Would I do it again?
Yes, I wouldn’t say it’s a passion but next time we’re camping and sat round the fire looking up, beer on hand, I’d love to be able to know my way around – rather than just making it all up like I usually do!