Stargazing during your Staycation

Do you already have tired eyes from watching Netflix and the news non-stop? We get it! And we’ve found a remedy to rest your retinas: Why not take a break from the screens and explore our galaxy instead of the World Wide Web? 

Let’s kick off with some fun facts about stars:

  • Did you know that stars seem to twinkle because of air movements in our atmosphere? 

  • After the sun, the star closest to us is called Proxima Centauri. It is 4.2 light years away from the sun

  • The smaller stars are, the longer they have lived!

Put on some music, pop a chair in your garden (or next to your favourite window) at night and use the time to look at the stars. If you are no star expert yet, don’t worry! There are plenty of apps around, for example Star Chart. They detect stars in the night sky and reveal constellations. By the time you can travel to Campspaces again, you can impress others with your knowledge. 

Beware of the moon! If the moon is bright, it will interfere with your stargazing activities. If you live far enough away from a city, you might be able to spot the Milky Way, or the international space station! Frits’ Campspace near the Dark sky park in the north-east of the Netherlands is a great place for stargazing.

For rainy nights and city lights, we suggest reading books on astronomy, for example The Astronomy Book by DK Publishing. Or, if you haven’t reached your screen time limit yet and are eager to see nature at night, despite the clouds, we recommend this documentary series about Night on Earth.