Stargazing with Kids

How to stargaze on warm summer evenings to inspire a sense of awe about the universe.
By Melody Warnick
May 20, 2014



Gaithersburg, Maryland.

May 20, 2014

Start Early
The sky is darkest after midnight, but you’ll still be able to spot the moon, a few planets, and the most brilliant stars right after sunset. Get the full effect on a camping trip, when bedtimes are more relaxed.

Get the Gear
Increase your child’s understanding with an astronomy app like The Night Sky (iOS and Android, $1) or 10x50 binoculars, which magnify stars well and are easier for kids to hold steady than a telescope.

Find the Pictures
Think of the galaxy as a game of connect-the-dots; challenge kids to find constellations. Read legends about common ones, like Orion and Perseus, to help kids remember what they’ve seen.

Follow a Star
The darkness above can become comfortingly familiar if you teach little ones to look for a few easy-to-spot features again and again. Two to return to: the Big Dipper and Venus.

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