Washing away the wonders of our universe through light pollution is akin to barring access to our forests and oceans and canyons. It leaves us with fewer avenues to explore the natural world as it exists beyond our planet.
August is the month to take all of this in. Whether you're a kid or an adult, this is the time to lie back in the grass, get out of town to experience a meteor shower, view the stars of summer, and share the universe with those you love.
Gazing into the night sky, we sense the vastness of the universe and mysteries beyond our comprehension. Stargazing is humbling, endlessly fascinating and hopelessly romantic.
Hubble has been as big a revolution as was the first telescope built by Galileo in 1610. It has profoundly changed our view of the universe and our place in it. Now, 22 years into its life, it has outperformed even the most optimistic predictions of its builders.
If you want to believe the universe is out to kill you, it's easier to do it with a random piece of space rock than with a Mayan death ray from the black hole in Sagittarius.
It's not that hard to brush up a bit to enhance your astro-gazing experience. Here are some tips for successful stargazing.
As someone who likes to think they have a pretty good imagination, I've always had a lot of fun with pareidolia, the fancy, scientific name for seeing patterns or pictures in nature where none exist.