The night sky contains 6000 stars - more or less - that are visible to the typical human eye. That means that at any given moonless night, a person could see about 3000 of these stars. Or such was the case back when the sky was mostly dark and we mostly lived in dark places. .
Today, most of us live in brightly lit cities, so the number of stars we can see is vastly smaller than was the case only a century ago.
During our programs you will learn some of the brighter stars, those that are visible even in bright sky areas. These bright stars will be your waypoints to much fainter objects.
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Astronomers divide the sky into 88 constellations. Some are huge and full of bright stars and are easy to recognize. Think Orion. Others are more difficult to pick out because they contain only faint stars and might (or might not) take up only a tiny patch of sky. In our sessions we show you examples of both, and we will reveal a few secrets contained within even some of the best-known constellations.
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Familiarity with the night sky has several practical benefits. It allows you to orient yourself on a cloudless night and navigate. You can also tell the time, even without a watch. But beyond these practical matters, understanding the sky and its contents and motion is just a lot of fun.
The sky is yours. Own it. Take comfort in it. Have fun with it.