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- Keep a close eye on the weather report. Choose a night that is clear with little to no cloud coverage.
- Dress for the weather and remember that it will be colder at night. Bring blankets for sitting on the ground and for extra warmth.
- Choose an area with as little excess light as possible. Stay away from street lights and other city lights. The darker it is, the more stars you will see in the sky. Bring your own flashlight for the times when you need a little extra light.
- Do your homework. Be able to identify a few constellations and that night’s moon phase. Bring along a star map and know how to read it. You’ll be better able to help your kids have a successful night of stargazing if you equip yourself with some knowledge.
- The Flourishing Abode has a fun family stargazing night already planned, including a fun printable.
- This video from PBS Parents – Adventures in Learning has more helpful tips for stargazing with your kids as wells as information about making your own pocket star guides.
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