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The night sky has captivated humans for all time. It has helped us navigate, understand time and hold space for the biggest most powerful questions about the universe. Plus, it just feels magical! Here are easy ways to kick off a lifelong love of the cosmos with your kiddos.
Start with wonder: Even though it may mess with bedtime, keep kids up a little later to see the sky change at night and behold the moon, planets and stars. Or, if you can't do that, look at pictures of the night sky. Wonder together, What do we see? Where is all that light coming from? What do you think is out there? Take kids' ideas and offer some simple ways to think about it.
Catch some special celestial events:
Learn about constellations: Read books together to learn the stories of constellations throughout history and across cultures. Here are some of our favorites:
Discover the constellations in your night sky: Apps like SkyView, Star Tracker and Star Walk enable you to see and identify the constellations in your night sky just by pointing your phone in different directions. These apps work just as well in daylight as in the night, making them a great way to explore the stars without interfering with bedtime.
Getting to know the night sky is a marvelous way to dazzle the senses, spark lifelong curiosity, connect to nature and one another. And, it's easier than you think!