12 weeks of winter: Spend time stargazing
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Cold, clear, winter nights are a great time to look up at the stars and learn some constellations! Current star maps are available on the Bell Museum’s web site and can be downloaded for free. There is also a free app for smartphones called Star Tracker that can help you identify what you are seeing in the night sky. Make sure you are in a place that is very dark for the best viewing. A red flashlight can be used to “point” at things in the sky, and won’t impair your night vision. Dress warm, bring some hot chocolate and something to sit on, and enjoy the beauty of the night sky.
Become a Constellation Hunter
You can earn a certificate and pin from the Minnesota Astronomical Society and its parent organization, The Astronomical League, through their Constellation Hunter Observing Program. Requirements to receive a certificate and pin:
- Observe and sketch all 39 constellations on the Northern Skies list
- Become a member of the Minnesota Astronomical Society (MAS). Learn about member benefits here.
- Scan and send a copy of your sketches along with your name, mailing address, email address, and phone number to the Minnesota Astronomical Society awards coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not send original materials. They will not be returned to you.