Host a star-gazing party in honor of astronomy day
October 17, 2009
In honor of astronomy day, host a star-gazing party this weekend. If you live far away from city lights, set up chairs in your backyard and invite friends over after sunset.
Too close to town for optimum star viewing? Do some party planning and consider taking a drive out to the country.
For those who live in colder climes, a bonfire will warm you and your guests up, as well as provide the perfect opportunity to roast some marshmallows and make s'mores. Provide guests with hot chocolate or warm apple cider.
Hand out glow sticks for your guest to hold onto and turn off all other sources of light. Let the fun begin!
Search for constellations, like Orion, which are still visible at this time of year. Three diagonal stars make up Orion's belt, and four outlying stars represent his hands and feet. You can also observe the big dipper, the little dipper and find the north star, which is often the brightest in the sky.
To provide interesting campfire stories, ask everyone to find out the myth behind one constellation to share with the group. Kids especially will love this activity and appreciate the chance to show off their knowledge.
Of course, with Halloween so close, a night around the campfire provides the perfect opportunity for a few ghost stories.