While holidays might not be on the cards this summer with only eight countries apparently going to be on the ‘Green List’, it doesn’t mean that you can’t make use of the sky! While you might not be flying, a brilliant way to get around that is by taking your child stargazing, hoping to glimpse a shooting star!
The Lyrid’s are the first meteor shower of the year with the most occurring on April 22nd, coincidentally Earth Day. Why not make the most of it by taking your children stargazing? The light of the gibbous moon will detract from the annual display, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy it and might mean children who are scared of the dark feel more comfortable!
Head for the Countryside
Going stargazing if you live in the city is an outing as you have to find somewhere dark enough. Try and be far away from any city buildings and streets as they emit light pollution. One way to combat this is to roll up a tube of dark cardboard, as this acts like a telescope, helping to block out light pollution.
Wrap up warm
No matter what time of year you go stargazing, you will always get cold, so make sure to wrap up warm. Blankets, scarves, the thickest coats you can find really make a difference! As it takes about half an hour for your eyes to fully adjust to the dark, it is important that you keep well wrapped up! Hot water bottles can also help with this! Picnic blanket, duvets, and pillows are not excessive!
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Go with the classics to help keep you toasty! My favourite drink has to be hot chocolate in a thermos, but a glass of warm apple juice is always lovely.
Equipment isn’t necessary to see shooting stars, however, while you might not have a telescope at home, a pair of binoculars can help focus on key constellations. While phones might be a distraction, one good idea is to download an astronomy app that will help both you and your children brush up on your constellation knowledge.
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As you are sitting outside think about things to talk to your children about! This is the perfect father and child bonding time as you are staring up at the stars. Make sure that your child feels listened to so that this can become a treasured memory, and something that they will also want to do with their own children.
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