Stargazing Resources

Many people, from kids to great-grandparents, enjoy stargazing.  Some have driven miles to find a dark, clear sky to view those twinkling lights.  Finding a spot in the country is not a rule, though, to see all the wonders of our universe.  There are great resources to help the urban stargazer learn about the night sky and create amazing evening viewings.

For the urban stargazer who would like to study the night sky before going outside, check out  You can download the program and view the sky from your sofa.  It shows where the moon and constellations are from your vantage point each evening.  It can show constellation lines, art or labels.  It also allows you to increase the time speed to see what the sky will look like tomorrow night.  It’s a fun tool to help you locate the celestial objects above your own back yard. is hosted by the The University of Texas McDonald Observatory and provides a substantial amount of information for all stargazers.  The beginner’s guide under the stargazing tab has information on becoming a stargazer and picking a good viewing spot and the right equipment.  There is information on constellations, planet viewing, moon phases and meteor showers.  They also publish “StarDate” magazine with features, astronomy news and sky-watching information. is another great resource with a large section about astronomy.  There is good information on planets, stars, constellations, comets and meteors.  Have you ever wondered why the stars twinkle?  There’s a separate section that teaches you the science behind the beauty.  Study the available information, and then test your knowledge by taking a star quiz. is a great site with educational material for both adults and kids.  The “capture the cosmos” section has information on gravity, galaxies, stars and the solar system.  Peak your children’s interest with images of strange Martian weather, downloadable space bookmarks and downloadable solar system trading cards.  Watch “Tonight’s Sky”, their monthly guide to the night sky, when you’re ready to head outside. has an entire section for stargazers, including monthly updates and spring, summer, autumn and winter star charts.  There is also detailed information on the different types of telescopes and hints on buying a good one that works well for you.

Many people have stared at the night sky, wondering what’s out there.  Take advantage of the available resources for both urban and rural stargazers, and you’ll never wonder again.