Thursday, May 7, 2015

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

One of the great things about a new home are the possibilities of your indoor and outdoor living space. Don't forget how much fun can be had just right in your own backyard.
No matter your yard size, having your own little piece of earth is an amazing privilege.

Take advantage of the warm, clear evenings to do some stargazing from home.  Here are a few ways to get the best view.

1. Set up a comfy viewing area. Bring out a blanket, some snacks or drinks, pull on a sweatshirt and gaze from your favorite outdoor chair.

2. Check the weather report. Pick a clear night when the moon isn't full - it may be too bright to see the stars around it.

3. Start with the unaided eye. There is so much to see without needing a telescope or fancy equipment. Look online to see what stars are out and easiest to see this time of year. If you want to see further, use a pair of binoculars to start.

4. Relax and wait. Give your eyes between 5 to 30 minutes to adjust to the outdoor evening light.

5. Record what you see. Keep a journal of what you see including constellations, planets or shooting stars.

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