After retiring, I had so much extra time that I didn't know what to do with. I would start new hobbies, but none ever stuck. Not until my Grandson asked if I would go stargazing.
My Grandson was in 4th grade and he had a science project involving astronomy. He asked me if we could "camp out," though it was only in my back yard. I brought out an old telescope that I never used before. It was a chilly night, so we lit a fire as we set up a tent and waited for the sun to set to spot the stars.
My grandson brought a book about constellations so that we could learn what to look for. We started searching for the easiest ones: the Big Dipper, the Little Dipper, Orion, Taurus and Gemini. We found both Dippers and Orion. I thought we were successful, considering it was our first time searching for a constellation.
The following weekend my grandson’s Boy Scout troop was going stargazing. He asked if I would be a chaperone and I accepted. We had the best time; we even found more constellations.
Stargazing has become my new hobby and special bonding time with my grandson. Our family even bought us a new telescope!
Our new telescope in use.
Setting up my telescope.
My Grandson found Orion's Belt just before sunrise.
Stargazing until the sun comes up.
Searching for constellations.
Camping under the stars.
Boy Scout camping trip.
“We had the best time; we even found more constellations.”
For a few years now, there has been buzz about a ninth planet in our solar system (No, it's not Pluto, get over it). This "planet nine" would be very far away from the sun and other major planets, if we actually find it.
I've been trying to understand astronomy a bit more, lately. It's always been intriguing to me, but I fear my brain doesn't grasp the concepts well! The concept that was easiest to grasp was Aphelion and Perihelion.