Most people can recognise the Southern Cross and the “saucepan” constellations. Have you ever wondered what other stars you see each night? Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences, tracing back to ancient civilisations. This knowledge has been used for navigation, timekeeping, agricultural planning and spiritual and religious practices.
Stargazing can be a relaxing way to spend an evening. All you need to get started is the naked eye. Next time you find yourself on a night-time walk or trying to entertain the kids in the backyard after sunset, just look up. Did you know it is estimated that our galaxy, the Milky Way, holds more than 100 billion stars?
Look out for these stars, planets and constellations in the Sunshine Coast night sky:
Libraries love these eBooks:
- The Quiet Revolution of Caroline Herschel: the Lost Heroine of Astronomy by Emily Winterburn
- Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
- Forces of Nature by Brian Cox
- The Infinite Monkey Cage – How to build a universe by Brian Cox
To get started download the ePlatform by Wheelers and Libby apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.
Browse for cosmic articles with these eMagazines:
- Cosmos Magazine
- Astronomy for Beginners
- 50 Greatest Mysteries in the Universe
- BBC Sky at Night
- New Scientist
- National Geographic
To get started reading free eMagazines, download the Libby by Overdrive app, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.
Podcasts and apps
Listen on the go with these nights sky podcasts:
Try these apps to help you spot planets, stars and constellations:
- NASA App
- Star Tracker
- Night Sky
- SkyView Lite
- Star Walk 2
Download from the App Store and Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts.
More great stargazing ideas
- Learn more about the cosmos with National Geographic – view images, feature articles, books, videos and maps. Log in with your library card number. In the search bar type astronomy.
- Visit these local observatories Wappa Falls Astronomical Observatory and Mapleton Observatory.
- Join these Facebook groups – Sunshine Coast Astronomy or Amateur Astronomy Australia
Looking to buy a telescope? Read this first time buyers guide from Sky-watcher Australia.
Love the program? Complete the online survey.