One of my all-time favorite websites is Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD). Here you get to discover such deep-space beauties as
the Carina Nebula
and Thor’s Emerald Helmet.
That one gets extra points for an awesome name.
I think the universe is a fascinating place, so APOD gives me my little star-fix now and again.
Course you can always set up a telescope and do things the old-fashioned way.
My sons and I went on a constellation hunt one night while we were camping. Between the clouds and the nearly-full moon there wasn’t a lot of visibility, but something about standing on the earth and looking at the heavens together made for a great bonding experience (even if Orion’s belt was in short supply).
If you have sons in scouting, or even if you don’t, find inspiration in the following awards and put together your own star-friendly activity.
Astronomy Belt Loop and Pin – This is the one we were working on when we went looking for constellations.
Astronomy Merit Badge – Stargazing gets more challenging, what with sketching the position of planets and all. I’m liking the idea of a star party though. What kind of desserts would you serve at a party like that? Moon cakes? Big Dipper Punch?
I’m getting hungry.