There is nothing quite like sky gazing on a clear night. The moon casting a glow along the shore, the light seemingly magical as it turns the waves to silver. Or admiring the stars on a dark night, as numerous as the sands on the shore, one occasionally falling from the heavens above.
Here in Abaco we are lucky enough to see the stars all the time and yet most people take it for granted. While you can still see stars downtown it is nothing compared to getting away from the glow of the city and fortunately we can get away from light pollution pretty easily.
Go for a drive into the pine forest, go for a walk on the beach, or use the next power outage as an excuse, when it comes to star gazing the darker the better. As you sit and look at the sky your eyes adjust to the surrounding darkness and more and more stars begin to appear. On the right night the Milky Way can be also be seen by the naked eye.
Did you know that every star in the sky is a part of one of the 88 constellations? Different constellations can be seen at different times of the year in different places. If you go outside and look to the north sky around 9pm throughout December here are some constellations to look for: Cassiopeia is high in the sky, the five brightest stars form the shape of a ‘W’. Below that is one many people recognize, the Little Dipper, and over to the west is the Northern Cross.
The night of December 13 (morning of December 14) is the best night to view the Geminid Meteor Shower, no special equipment needed, just a dark open sky! The meteors will intensify as the evening deepens into late night, with the peak around 2am when the Gemini constellation reaches its highest point in the sky. Its natures Christmas lights!
Nights are starting to cool off making this the perfect time of year to enjoy star gazing. So what are you waiting for? Grab something comfy to lay on and a buddy and go admire the sky tonight.