Escaping the modern life of cities does not only create an opportunity to see the big five, but it also brings you to areas with unpolluted night skies surrounding you.
Let your eyes adapt to the dark and enjoy a spectacle of nature so close you feel you can touch or pick a star just for yourself.
Sit back and relax, your eyes will take 40 minutes to completely adapt to darkness. With a little patience, you will see more and far fainter stars than anywhere in or near a city.
To interpret what you see – not an easy task:
Everything you see in this beautiful night sky appears to you as a point of light, which can easily be misinterpreted. The majority of these points of light can be accepted to be stars and that every star we see is a sun.
We must remember that not everything that looks like a star is a star. Venus, for example, is often described as the evening star but it is not a star at all.
Shooting stars is another reality of small celestial fragments colliding with our atmosphere and not stars as we think.
Our nearest star is described as a dwarf star and we see it clearly in the daytime, we know this star as the sun.
So so bright:
Bright stars are bright for two reasons. Firstly, like our brightest star in the night sky – Sirius, they are close to us. Secondly, they are just extremely luminous stars like the central star in Orion’s Belt.`
Looking at the stars?
From the Babylonian times, some people looked to the stars to find answers for future happenings in their lives. It was believed that the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn were Gods that had an influence on what is happening on Earth.
Today we know they are not Gods but planets and stars who have no more influence on our lives than the next plant or animal crossing our path.
Do you realize?
Since 500BC there was a wobble of the Earth axis that caused a shift in the constellation dates and you have a different zodiac sign since the change of the axis. Astrologers have not adapted to this change and perhaps you need to be re-classified.
Author: Reinier Bredenkamp