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Summer Stargazing for Kids

18 Jul 2019, 09:00 UTC
Summer Stargazing for Kids
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Ruth Perkins takes a look at some of the best ways to introduce kids to the rewarding hobby of astronomy!
This article was originally published in the July 2019 issue of BBC Sky at Night Magazine

Stargazing with children is a joy if you tackle it in the right way. Here is our quick guide to making the most of it now school’s out for summer. It’s never too early to start exploring the night sky. Try a mix of activities and don’t worry if things don’t go the way you planned.
Let your child lead the way and listen to their questions. Never be afraid to answer with “I don’t know, but that’s a brilliant question. Let’s look it up together.” If they’re struggling, prompt their interest by asking them about what they can see, or what they already know. Build on their curiosity, but don’t overwhelm them with too much information. Everyone learns better through play, so have fun!

Choose the right equipment
Having the right accessories makes a big difference. Help kids get used to handling a rotating star map as soon as they are able to. A red head torch can reassure ...

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